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A Grain of Wheat has ratings and reviews. Khashayar said: Great introduction to African literature. I can’t believe this is the first book I’m. : A Grain of Wheat (Penguin African Writers Series) ( ): Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chinua Achebe, Abdulrazak Gurnah: Books. Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya’s independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers.

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The author himself shows a dilemma in his writing. Two hints that do not bear directly on the work itself: The book shows the foundations upon which modern Kenya is built.

The war is won, but at the cost of lives and dreams lost. In the village of Thabai, the men and women who live there have been transformed irrevocably by the uprising. Additionally, he includes a white colonial whsat on Kenya’s independence, and while this view isn’t as clearly developed as 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.

There is a frequent presence, in English, of local words, from “Uhuru”, the swahili word meaning freedom, in particular the political independence of Kenya that is being achieved.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. He gives space to the character of each of the people in the village, revealing their motives in all their ambiguity and mystery.


After receiving a B. In this political novel we see a group of people waiting for Uhuru Freedom in Swahili – Independence day and we travel through their memories in the past during the uprisings, and we see their experiences, their mistakes, their history, and through their eyes we see Kenya’s history as a whole. The what from colonialism to postcoloniality and the crisis of modernity ha Kenyan teacher, novelist, essayist, grainn playwright, whose works function as an important link between the pioneers of African writing and the younger generation of postcolonial writers.


You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. It’s not a fluffy or gentle read, that’s for sure. Mugo’s treason and heroism This is not an easy book. Aug 07, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: Prosperity and eternal peace? Lists with This Book.

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No one is actually a hero. Still hard to rate. One example to illustrate is that of Thompson, who thinks that ‘ Also it might be the single best piece of art about those experiences po I used to assign this book to high school students. Such a powerful, political and complex historical novel. An impressive novel that takes a bit of concentration to figure out the various characters and changes in the time of the event. Nov 24, Meg rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Oct 06, Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So the true narrative is almost all retrospective, emerges progressively, at different times and with different points of view.

Published January 1st by Heinemann Educational Books first published Indeed, women, starting with a central character named Mumbi, represent wisdom, sensibility, all the positive things you might be looking for. Societies need heroes, but heroes are by definition super-human.

But all this joins to the need for revolt, to fragments of mythical tale of struggles, to strong contact with the earth. Oct nguvi, Amari rated it it was amazing.

I am also continually puzzled by the drawing of the young white man on the cover.

This is much more of an indictment of colonialism than Paradisewhich is understandable in the context. A war of independence against a colonial power is I suppose a peculiar kind of civil war, and it tears apart the fabric of the country in a similar way. Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya’s independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the — Emergency.


The characters in the book are all dealing with the aftermath of the Mau Mau rebellion, having lost family members or having suffered detention, forced labour and torture. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe. It was the first novel in English to be published by an East African author.

A Grain of Wheat

Aug 15, Thais Serrette added it. 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?

I could start ngugo two quotes, words spoken by two characters in two very different dialogues: The Outsider Albert Camus. And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain. What happened to the idealism and moral vision of the Thompsons?

I however have so much for Kenya and their struggle for independence and the trials and tribulations they went through, whether it be betrayal by their own people or by the British.

Ngugi draws on Conrad to nuance the idealistic, but cold and inhuman character of the white DO, Thompson. Homage to Catalonia George Orwell. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.