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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As with Cyprus, the heroes are about to experience independence.

He may be simply a pragmatist, a collaborator, or an informer. A Grain of Wheat centres a political narrative about the struggle for independence and liberation in Kenya; about rebellion against British imperialism, and on this level it is searing, laying bare the injustice from the point of view of a richly varied cast of rural Nguggi people.

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A Grain of Wheat is a novel about the inhabitants of a village in Kenya in in the last few days before the celebrations for Uhuru — that is, Kenyan independence. It’s set in the background of Mau Mau rebellion.

We talked b loyalty to the movement and the love of our country.

Like another reviewer on Goodreads, I found a brief list of characters along with the page of first mention to be very helpful in the first pages or so. The mighty british government has been toppled, and in the lull between the fighting and the new world, colonized and colonizer alike reflect on what they have gained and lost.

Over the next seventeen years his wife, Nyambura, gave birth to six children. The Best Books of I especially love the way Ngugi portrays how many of these characters internalize colonialism and shows the damaging consequences of this not only on a personal level, but also on a communal one. The route to independence for Kenya was a violent and divisive one, while Tanzania had a mostly peaceful transition.


Also it might be the single best piece of art about those experiences graun 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.

But i eventually got the concept of the book and began to understand the story line and got accustom to the bg style and technique.

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The decision to lay or not lay your life for the people lies in the heart. In general if you ever go to Kenya or East Africa at all, please read it. In the village of Thabai, the men and women who live there have been transformed irrevocably by the uprising.

This is an absolutely brilliant piece of literature describing life in a Kenyan village in the aftermath of the war with Britain in the w, where each villager has their own secret about their actions during the violence, slowly tearing everyone apart.

What is Uhuru, and did Thiong’o’s characters truly attain it? Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Aug 15, Thais Serrette added it. The book is full of graiin allowing the reader to discover a number of treacheries, weaknesses and vicious violence. Some of them worked for the British; others fought them.


A Grain of Wheat : Ngugi Wa Thiong’o :

With that the novel portrays the different effects that the State of Emergency in Kenya fromhad on different people in the area most affected by fighting, Central Kenya using one small village as the window to the narrative. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In Cyprus it was indeed a dream that lasted 3 years the year when Kenya was gaining her independence we realised that independence has to be maintained. View all 3 comments.

It is unlikely that a truly ‘African’ style would reach out to a European readership in the same way. It’s not a fluffy or gentle read, that’s for sure. When he comes back after six years, Mumbi had his rival’s child.

A Grain of Wheat

It was not the Maxim gun. 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. I want to understand morel lesson for the novel Agrain of wheat. 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.

Even though not an easy novel especially for those who prefer straightforward narratives it’s not hard either and it’s rewarding.