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Ngugi is a great author. I was slightly confused at the beginning of the novel, but I grew so invested in these characters and their stories. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. I hope that answers the two possible interpretations of your question.

At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village’s chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. 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.

I read recently a story about the Nobel Prize for Literature. Aug 09, Marcy rated it it was amazing. I can’t imagine whose representation he could be, and it’s a bit disturbing to keep seeing him when I open the book.

In fact, I probably bought it on the basis of his name, shallow, yes, but it’s served me well in the past: For me, the book is mostly about the horrific effects of colonialism on the people, not just the Africans, but mostly the Africans, but also the effects, in glimpses, of the African culture on the Jgugi people.

The story was set in the late s and s and depicted an unhappy love affair in a rural community divided between Christian converts and non-Christians. Mugo’s treason and heroism A one-star, a two? Some of them worked for the British; others fought them. Is it aheat to reject everything from the colonial past, or can some of it be useful? The mighty british government has been toppled, and in the lull between nghgi fighting and the new world, colonized and colonizer alike reflect on what they have gained and lost.


Viewed from a distance of years and oceans, the lead-up to independence and ultimate triumph over the colonialists is unequivocally a time of celebration for Kenyans. 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 toll the preceding struggle took on people. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Also it might be the single best piece of art about those experiences po I used to assign this book to high school students.

I found that the use of Biblical references was a really nice touch to the book, and emphasized on the religious faith of the Kenyans that they one day will have freedom. The adversary and enemy is the wicked Haman. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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 lot of connections between the characters that come clear only as the story goes on. This is one of my favorite books. On Photography Susan Sontag. Kihika, legendary rebel leader, was fatally betrayed to the whiteman.

Betrayallovedeterminismfriendshipand so many other subject has been tackled by James Wa thiong’o. Many of the minor characters mentioned early on assume some unanticipated significance later. The glorious and terrible moment of revolt, the conquest of independence, is already in the past.

Lists with This Book. Salvo el tema religioso donde si se asienta claramente su postura de desacuerdo. A Grain of Wheat was of biting relevance at the time of its publication inand the questions it provokes resonate up to the present time.

As grai learn of the villagers’ tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves gfain tested.


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A GRAIN OF WHEAT – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

And I would have sold Kenya to the whiteman to buy my own freedom. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Even though not an easy novel especially for those who prefer straightforward narratives it’s not hard either and it’s rewarding.

Is Kenya a free and independent nation? He gives space to the character of each of the people in the village, revealing their motives in all their ambiguity and mystery. Particularly emerges the importance of Mumbi, who carries the name of the first woman according to the myths of gikuyu origins; so she represents the ggrain par excellence, tied to the protagonists of gain liberation movement and disputed by several men.

Firstly because you get to know Kenya’s history and culture, myths and realities, and secondly you are able to see the humanity in the black “savage” and the inhumanity in the white “cultured” man.

A Grain of Wheat

Sep 01, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think my rating is more of a 4. Sometimes, in some more legendary fragments, going back to the first steps of a liberation movement in the s. When he comes back after six years, Mumbi had his rival’s child.

Or, rather, was that the traditional African culture, or how it became under the brutalization that was normalized under colonization? The novel is absolutely extraordinary.