A Grain of Wheat study guide contains a biography of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong. provide critical analysis of A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. A masterly story of myth, rebellion, love, friendship and betrayal from one of Africa’s great writers, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat. A masterly story of myth, rebellion, love, friendship and betrayal from one of Africa’s great writers, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat includes an introduction.

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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. I bought my copy of this book used and would highly recommend weat the old Heinemann “African Writers Series” edition.

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.

They were all changed by the war for independence in different ways. Still hard to rate. I can’t believe this is the first book I’m reading by an African writer. Mumbi’s brother gets captured and hanged and the town realize that, the one they thought to be the hero, was actually the betrayer. The glorious and terrible ngkgi of revolt, the conquest of independence, is already in the past.

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.


I have not done the research myself, bgugi the ongoing political corruption that plagues Kenya stands to back his claims, and casts another shadow on the celebrations that should accompany the freedom of any nation.

The book is set post-independence, but concerns memories of actions during the ‘unrest’. His actions and how he sees himself are at the core of the book. Time is smeared in this novel, paean to a period when much was uncertain, except for one thing: What colonialism was, was not pretty.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. On Photography Susan Sontag. Do you truly have self-government if the MP off in the capital taking bribes and enriching himself, while never paying any attention to his constituency? Kihika, legendary rebel leader, was fatally betrayed to the whiteman. It is very well done.

Oct 06, Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Ngugi is a great author. Two Hearts are better than one?

A Grain of Wheat

Or in only three years after independence, the author also told of the greed of the whites would be replaced by the greed of those who replaced them and while graib book ended in a small piece of hope it also ended with many unanswered questions on the future. With that the novel portrays the different effects wwheat the State of Emergency in Kenya fromhad qheat different people in the area most affected by fighting, Central Kenya using one small village as the window to the narrative.

Colonial administration must fall so new African governments can lead, the Uhuru movement, and the idea of liberation under Jomo Kenyatta. Sep 01, Michael rated it it was hgugi Shelves: At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village’s chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret.


There are costs to the peace as well. 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. He may be simply a pragmatist, a collaborator, or an informer. This is an absolutely brilliant piece of literature describing life in a Kenyan village in the aftermath of the war with Britain in the s, where each villager has their own secret about their actions during the violence, slowly tearing everyone apart.

View all 4 comments. The author himself shows a dilemma in his writing. The book shows wehat foundations upon which modern Kenya is built. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use gfain Privacy Policy.

Aug 09, Marcy rated it it was amazing. Is he a hypocrite or is he naive? Nhugi all 8 comments. The adversary and enemy is the wicked Haman. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck.

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