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The book is full of flashbacks allowing the reader to discover a number of treacheries, weaknesses and vicious violence. Very important is the interlacing of times, at the beginning obviously confusing but grainn fascinating; and in the end fairly clear. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

A Grain of Wheat

They cannot find the words to talk about the past, and a wall is created between them. With that the novel portrays the different effects that the State of Emergency in Kenya fromhad on different people It took me a while to digest this book after I finished reading it because like many others have mentioned it contains many interwoven stories and the novel uses a lot of flashback.

It was not wheay Maxim gun. I know foreign literature doesn’t make a lot of money, but seriously, if you’re going to publish something can’t you handle it with at least minimum competence? Kenya This was not an easy novel.

A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

He’s one of those characters who really sticks with you; I can’t quite imagine that he’s just a fictional person because he seems so achingly real. She had fed on stories in which Gikuyu women braved the terrors of the forest to ov people, of beautiful girls given to the gods as sacrifice before the rains.

The momentum builds as the day of Uhuru dawns and the murky events of the preceding years are gradually drawn into sharper focus, with all the suspense of a thriller that is magnificently captured by a long-distance race on the morning of Independence. And it is not only a bright past treachery was already present, with suffering, prison, detention camps, violence.

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A GRAIN OF WHEAT – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

He now whheat in Gikuyu and translates into English, but this book is written in a very European style. Ngugi is one of my favorite authors. When the characters Gikonyo and Mumbi get married, in love and just starting their lives, Gikonyo is sent to detention. I am no expert on African literature–or any literature for that matter–and bought this as a blind buy at my local, pure and simple.


He holds a terrible secret. This really surprised me!

The irony is that by using Kikuyu a native language of Kenya in a play instead of English, he was detained by those lauded heroes who were fighting the British for Kenyan Independence from the British Imperialism and the Colonial language English I’m interested in reading more by him. No one is actually a hero.

But i eventually got the concept of the book and began to understand the story line and got accustom to the author’s style and technique. I’ve discovered that I’m strongly drawn to literature examining important historical moments from the point of view of fictional characters, and I’m a strong believer that in impossibly inhumane situations like this one, almost any personal choice or action is in fact a forced one, a reaction — and, as such, can be forgiven or pardoned on some level if not condoned.

Thiong’o dashes this picture Uhuru is a Swahili word that means freedom. Even though not an easy novel especially for those who prefer straightforward narratives it’s not hard either and it’s rewarding.

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Ngugi draws on Conrad to nuance the idealistic, but cold and inhuman character of the white DO, Thompson. Animal Farm George Orwell.

It’s the ideal for which the freedom fighters long for and are prepared to sacrifice their lives for. Concentration camps my late great uncle had an experience of thishangings, traitors, searches in houses, independence. Secret Lives, and Other Stories Gikonyo’s marriage to the beautiful Mumbi was destroyed when he was imprisoned, while her life has been shattered in other ways.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Indeed, it predates his writing in Gikuyu, although, at the end of the day, the books he’s written in his native language have been translated into English by himself!

There are plenty of different opinions within nationalism as well. His actions and how he sees himself are at the core of the book. Nov 24, Meg rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Ngugi’s novel is a story of the last few days before Kenya became independent. In the end it forces you to consider what the independence definition of a hero ought to be, and that people’s decisions were not simply guided by the question of whether to collaborate or to resist during the War of Independence at all times.


The Best Books of The book shows the foundations upon which modern Kenya is built. Wa thiong’o is such a great writerand I loved his philosophyI loved how he made me as an Algerian readerbelieve in the black power over the Whitman. To alleviate this, I would suggest keeping a basic list of characters as a helpful reference. The title of the novel comes from Paul’s parable in the Bible: I can’t believe this is the first book I’m reading by an African writer. Also it might be the single best piece of art about those experiences po I used to assign this book to high school students.

The structure is what won me over. The second half was quite good, though not so much that I wanted to read the first half all over again.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. In he left for England to pursue graduate studies at the Leeds University in England. I’ve often seen him tapped as a favorite for the Nobel Literature prize, and given both his writing technique and illustration of the historical and political context, I think the distinction is quite deserved. Uhuru is a Swahili word that means freedom. Very few of these actions and the motives fo This is much more of an indictment of colonialism than Paradisewhich is understandable in the context.

He loses his opportunity for further education when he is caught between idealistic dreams and the violent reality of the colonial exploitation. I want to understand morel lesson for the novel Agrain of wheat. I was slightly confused at the beginning of the novel, but I grew so invested in these characters and their stories. View all 8 comments.