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You know a time came when I did not care about Uhuru for the country any more. There are plenty of different opinions within nationalism as well. A theme of the book is the ‘need’ for heroes of the struggle to epitomise the new nation. But all this joins to the need for revolt, to fragments of mythical tale of struggles, to strong contact with the earth.

This is much more of an indictment of colonialism than Paradisewhich is understandable in the context.

A GRAIN OF WHEAT – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

He may be simply a pragmatist, a collaborator, or an informer. All this is told in flashback, so we gradually graim how characters became the way they are. The second half was quite good, though not so much that I wanted to read the first half all over again. The structure is what won me over. Uhuru is a Swahili word that means freedom. Turns out this is a complex story with a lot of names many of them similara lot of jumping back and forth between past and present A story of Kenyan independence and the mgugi the preceding struggle took on people.

A story of Kenyan independence and the toll the preceding struggle took on people. Kf article needs additional citations for verification. View all 8 comments. Still hard to rate. It was written while he was studying at Leeds University [1] and first published in by Heinemann. The novel is absolutely extraordinary.



Actually, the present is not ngugo time when things happen. Animal Farm George Orwell. Jun 17, Wangui rated it really liked it.

Some people are prepared to believe the worst: May 03, Bilal Y. His actions and how he sees himself are at the core of the book.

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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 Ngui I’m interested in reading more by him. Is he a hypocrite or is he naive? A rival of Gikonyo, in love with Mumbi, he is the friend of the colonialists, in order to save his own hide.

The backstory and hidden connections unfold nicely, and for a book written right after independence the book foreshadows later problems with corruption and failed government promises surprisingly well. This innovative fluidity is whheat to my spirit and allows an unusually rich and multifaceted emotional resonance to build. Check out the top ngufi of the year on our page Best Books of I am also continually puzzled by the drawing of the young white man on the cover.

I nearly cried for Mugo. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Ngugi is one of my favorite authors. Views Read Edit View history. In the beginning, the unfamiliar terms and names created some difficulty, and the novel’s non-linear timeline made it hard to keep the characters straight. It’s the ideal for which the freedom fighters long for and are prepared to sacrifice their lives for. Sep 01, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: The past time takes place during the Emergency in the graih during the Mau Mau rebellion against the European settlers.


The glorious and terrible moment of revolt, vrain conquest of independence, is already in the past. The same goes with the names.

The book is full of flashbacks allowing the reader to discover a number of treacheries, weaknesses and vicious violence. So the true narrative is almost all retrospective, emerges progressively, at different times and with different points of view. He summarises action in the runup for the Uhuru day in a remote village in Gikuyu territory he being a Gikuyu himself.

A challenging book, but nonetheless an inspiring and moving book. If you decide to read this I’d advise finding an edition other than Heinemann’s, which is ridiculously typo-ridden.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. All the characters did things, or failed to do something they could have done, which they examine in the run-up to the independence celebrations. It is unlikely that a truly ‘African’ style would reach out to a European readership in the same way.

The Crucible Arthur Miller. The main characters Mugo, Gikonyo, Karanja I went into this novel comparing it to Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apartwhich in spite of its many rave reviews I found to be relatively underwhelming. Ngugi’s novel is a story of the last few days before Kenya became independent.

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