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 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. Or is this independence only an idealised dream.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Design as Art Bruno Gy. He worked as a lecturer at several universities – at the University College in Nairobiat the Makerere University in Kampalaand at the Northwestern University in Evanston in the United States Written in only three years after independence, t An impressive novel that takes a bit of concentration to figure out the various characters and changes in the time of the event.

There is a cloud that hangs over the novel, one that has yet to dissipate in the intervening decades. Nov 05, Maroua Bentoucha rated it it was amazing Shelves: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of He delivers a political novel, highly committed, about Uhuru, Freedom, in Decemberand the fight that brought it.

Mumbi’s brother gets captured and hanged and the town realize that, the one they thought to be the hero, was actually the betrayer. Lo tengo que dejar reposar. Great introduction to African weat. All along I avoided reading writers who use the stream of unconsciousnessbut this one couldn’t but finish it.

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I can’t say what this upcoming independence will bring to Kenya possible spoilers but it’s certainly not an idealised dream. Not by a long shot.

After receiving a B. The past time takes place during nguugi Emergency in the ‘s during the Mau Mau rebellion against the European settlers. The present is much more prosaic and, above all, is full of wounds. It jumps from the present – Independence day in Kenya to the characters’ pasts and we see how their lives are interwoven and connected.


No, you take an oath wjeat confirm a choice already made. 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. Wikiquote has quotations related to: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Jul 13, Neil rated it it was amazing. Lists with This Book. Quotes from A Grain of Wheat. But all this joins to the need for revolt, to fragments of mythical tale of struggles, to strong contact with the earth.

Is Kenya a free and independent nation? All ngigi all, a wonderful book, written in a delicious and very elaborate English. This novel aa a stunning portrayal of British colonialism in Kenya in the lead up to Independence.

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He holds a terrible secret. The title of the novel comes from Paul’s parable in the Bible: Languages Kiswahili Svenska Edit links. But you get used to it as well. As we 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 are tested.

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Oct 17, Amari rated it it was amazing.

It is very well done. Written 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 the book ended in a small piece of hope it also ended with many unanswered questions on the future. 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.

View all 3 comments. At that time Kenya was under British rule, which ended in Time is smeared in this novel, paean to a period when much was uncertain, except for one thing: Indeed, the whear theme is betrayal, ubiquitous in all its meanings and ramificati Two Hearts are better than one?

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Should this need be more important than an individual or than the truth? In the honest words of one freedom fighter, “Many of us talked like that because we wanted to deceive ourselves.

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