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De todos modos es desgarradora. Concentration camps my late great uncle had an experience of thishangings, traitors, searches in houses, independence. Design as Art Bruno Munari. There is no precise information.

You know a time came when I did not care about Uhuru for the country any more. Additionally, he includes a white colonial perspective 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.

Indeed, the dominant theme is betrayal, ubiquitous in all its meanings and ramificati Two Hearts are better than one? I can’t believe this is the first book I’m reading by an African writer. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. All in all, a wonderful book, written in a delicious and very elaborate English.

This article about a Kenyan novel is a stub.

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? So the true narrative is almost all retrospective, emerges progressively, at different times and with different points of view. What is most powerful is the narration that focuses on several characters through flashbacks about their relation to the British and to the Mau Mau resistance fighters.



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 og a richly varied cast of rural Kenyan people. On that day, former resistance fighters General R and Koinandu plan on publicly executing the traitor who betrayed Kihika a heroic resistance fighter hailing from the village.

He may be simply a pragmatist, a collaborator, or an informer. Nov 03, MK rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Thiong’o dashes this picture Uhuru is a Swahili word that means freedom.

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It jumps from the present – Independence day in Kenya to the characters’ pasts and we see how their lives are interwoven and connected. In the end it forces you to consider what the independence definition of a hero ought to be, and that people’s decisions were not simply guided by the question of whether to collaborate or to resist during the War of Independence at all times.

A man returns to his wife after years away in prison to find she has had a baby by another man. It was division among them. Paperbackpages. He delivers a political novel, highly committed, about Uhuru, Freedom, in Decemberand the fight that brought it. If you decide to read this I’d advise finding an edition other than Heinemann’s, which is ridiculously typo-ridden.

As with Cyprus, the heroes are about to experience independence. The book shows the foundations upon which modern Kenya is built.

And it seems like an odd thing to do, to me. Even though not an easy novel especially for those who prefer straightforward narratives it’s not hard either and it’s rewarding.


A Grain of Wheat

Mostly, it seems to be an opportunity to bring out the main narrative, as a screen where is projected – already distanced – the past, recent and less wyeat. The setting is a Kenyan village. Well, this is embarrassing–I don’t know what to rate this.

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Secret Lives, and Other Stories In general if you ever go to Kenya or East Africa at all, please read it. A theme of the book is the ‘need’ for heroes of the struggle to epitomise the new nation. The author showed the impact of the fight for independence on all of these characters and also of the communities they lived in.

It is unlikely that a truly ‘African’ style would reach out to a European readership in the same 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.

Gikonyo and Mumbi have a pure and true love, which does not survive Gikonyo being detained. The route to independence for Kenya was a violent and divisive one, while Tanzania had a mostly peaceful transition. It took me a while to really get into this book, but once I did I quite enjoyed it.