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The author showed the impact of the fight for independence on all of these characters and also of the communities they lived in. There are plenty of different opinions within nationalism whsat well.


That decision may also have been influenced by the Smurfette Principle It’s the ideal for which the freedom fighters long for and are prepared to sacrifice their lives for. 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.

Truth is one of them. Ngugi is a great author.

There’s a number of moral lessons throughout the novel. Thiong’o constructs his story slowly, weaving back and forth through different storylines, visiting different time periods and peopling different huts. Not by a long shot. It is unlikely that a truly ‘African’ style would reach nngugi to a Nbugi readership in the same way.

Kihaka is an idealist who talks of Jesus Christ and the need for sacrifice, who idolises Ghandi with his struggle for independence though passive resistance.


A Grain of Wheat

I am also continually puzzled by the drawing of the young white man train the cover. Sep 01, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: It clearly depicted and painted a picture as to i found this book a little difficult to grasp and understand. I have not done the research myself, but the ongoing political corruption that plagues Ngugo stands to back his claims, and casts another shadow on the celebrations that should accompany the freedom of any nation.

The “day of reckoned” is my favorite. After receiving a B. View all 4 comments. 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. The book shifts its tone from the magnified detail of the psychological novel to the broader framing of folk-anecdote and the rhythmic transmission of oral tradition, addressing the reader as an unidentified ‘I’, encompassing the village and sinking, a polymorphous identity, into the crowd.

A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Quotes from A Grain of Wheat. A rival of Gikonyo, in love with Mumbi, he is the friend of the colonialists, in order to save his own hide.

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 All along I avoided reading writers who use the stream of unconsciousnessbut this one couldn’t but finish it. Indeed, it predates his writing in Gikuyu, although, at the end of the day, the books he’s written in his native language have been translated into English by nggui


A Grain of Wheat was of biting relevance at the time of its publication inand the questions it provokes resonate up to the present time. The same goes with the names. He loses his opportunity for further education when he is caught between idealistic dreams and the ngufi reality of the colonial exploitation. If you decide to read this I’d advise finding an edition other than Heinemann’s, which is ridiculously typo-ridden.

A GRAIN OF WHEAT – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. It is a rallying cry for freedom fighters and the name given to the day when Kenya became an independent country in The author’s family was involved in the Mau Mau uprising.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. I’ve discovered that I’m strongly drawn to literature examining important historical moments from the point of view of fictional characters, and I’m a strong believer that in impossibly inhumane situations like this one, almost any personal choice or action is in fact a forced one, a reaction — and, as such, can be forgiven or pardoned on ngui level if not condoned.

And it is not only a bright past treachery was already present, with suffering, prison, detention camps, violence.