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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A rival of Gikonyo, in love with Mumbi, he is the friend of the colonialists, in order to save his own hide. Gikonyo and Mumbi have a pure and true love, which does not survive Gikonyo being detained.

He may be simply a pragmatist, a collaborator, or an informer. If you decide to read this I’d advise finding an edition other than Heinemann’s, which is ridiculously typo-ridden.

Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller. He holds a terrible secret. The book continuously and unexpectedly went into flashback and it left me ngugl bit confused, even though i do see this as one of the author’s techniques and styles, I personally found it difficult to understand.

A Grain of Wheat

Firstly because you get to know Kenya’s history and culture, myths and realities, and secondly you are able to see the humanity in the black “savage” and the inhumanity in the white “cultured” man. The same goes with the names. Is Kenya a free and independent nation? Thanks for telling us about the problem.

He was by far my favorite character in the book. He loses his opportunity for further education when he is caught between idealistic dreams and the violent reality of the colonial exploitation.

Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. All the characters did things, or failed to do something they could have done, which they examine in the run-up to the independence celebrations.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Turns out this is a complex story with a lot of names many of them similara lot of jumping back and forth between past and present A story of Kenyan independence and the toll the preceding struggle took on people.

Trivia About A Grain of Wheat. A Grain of Wheat centres a political narrative about the struggle for independence and liberation in Kenya; od rebellion against British imperialism, and on this level it is searing, laying bare the injustice from the point of view of whear richly varied cast of rural Kenyan people.

Aug 07, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: That decision may also have been influenced by the Smurfette Principle Do you truly have self-government if the MP sits in the capital taking bribes and enriching himself, while never paying any attention to his constituency?

Nov 05, Maroua Bentoucha rated it it was amazing Shelves: His experience is a minor part of the book, the important characters are the villagers, with all their different thoughts and experiences. He married in This article needs additional citations for verification. The irony if it’s possible to be applied here is that he, the European, cultured, western man is more geain and inhuman than the people of Africa that Europeans always simplistically perceived as the savages of the jungle.


In other projects Wikiquote. Ngugi is a great author. I was slightly confused at the beginning of the novel, but I grew so invested in these characters and their stories.

Homage to Catalonia George Orwell. Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote.

The adversary and enemy is the wicked Haman. Oct 06, Anne-Marie rated it it was whsat Recommends it for: Sheat is one of my favorite authors. In fact, I probably bought it on the basis of his name, shallow, yes, but it’s served me well in the past: I nearly cried for Mugo. The second half was quite good, though not so much that I wanted to read the first half all over again.

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October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Very few of these actions and the motives for them are clear cut, although not all the characters are capable of the level of self analysis required to realise that.

A Grain of Wheat : Ngugi Wa Thiong’o :

Many of the minor characters mentioned early on assume some unanticipated significance later. Time is smeared in this novel, paean to a period when much was uncertain, except for wheaf thing: Concentration camps my late great uncle had an experience of thishangings, traitors, searches in houses, independence.

Very important is the interlacing of times, at the beginning obviously confusing but then fascinating; and in the end fairly clear. And I would have sold Kenya to the whiteman to buy my own freedom. Stupid white colonials and black freedom-fighters alike take pause to sit back and wonder, what the hell did we just do?

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Wheag Eighty-Four George Orwell. I bought my copy of this book used and would highly recommend avoiding the old Heinemann “African Writers Series” edition. His actions and grqin he sees himself are at the core of the book.

Rejecting the colonial language has obvious political and social significance, but to switch from a language with hundreds of millions of speakers to one which is a minority language even in Kenya is still a striking decision. Colonial administration must fall so new African governments can lead, the Uhuru movement, and the idea of liberation under Jomo Kenyatta.

Politics and the English Language George Orwell. Often phlegmatic, the narrative gathers force and power as it patiently traces each person’s tributary of recall to the communal estuary.