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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With that the novel portrays the different effects that the State of Emergency in Kenya fromhad on different people It took me a while to digest this book after I finished wheah it because like many others have mentioned it contains many interwoven stories and the novel uses a lot of flashback.

Ngugi draws on Conrad to nuance the idealistic, but cold and inhuman character of the white DO, Thompson. The backstory and hidden connections unfold nicely, and for a book written right after independence the book foreshadows later problems with corruption and failed government promises surprisingly well.

Indeed, the dominant theme is betrayal, ubiquitous in all its meanings and ramificati Two Hearts are better than one? Truth is one of them. Karanja seems to profit from the situation. It was division among them. I often found myself flipping back to earlier chapters to confirm that someone who appeared in more detail later in the book had in fact made graln brief appearance in an earlier scene.

They cannot find the words to talk about the past, and a wall is created between them.


A Grain of Wheat

Particularly emerges the importance of Mumbi, who carries the name of the first woman according to the myths of wehat origins; so she represents the woman par excellence, tied to the protagonists of the liberation movement and disputed by several men. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Very important is the interlacing of times, at the beginning obviously confusing but then fascinating; and in the end fairly clear.

She lay in the sun and ardently yearned for a life in which love and heroism, suffering, and martyrdom were possible.

A Grain of Wheat centres a political narrative about the struggle bgugi 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 of a richly varied cast of rural Kenyan people. This is not an easy book. Views Read Edit View history.

Based on the first couple pages I’d pegged it as a slog, and not expecting to enjoy it but feeling I should read it anyway for my world fiction challenge, read nearly half the book in a crowded place with divided attention.

After receiving a B. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But all this joins to the need for revolt, to fragments of mythical tale of struggles, to strong contact with the earth. The title is taken from the Gospel According to St. An impressive novel that takes a bit of concentration to figure out the various characters and changes in the time of the event. And it is not only a bright past treachery was already present, with suffering, prison, detention camps, violence.

Nov 05, Maroua Bentoucha rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book continuously and unexpectedly went into flashback and it left me a bit confused, even though i do see this as one of the author’s techniques and styles, I personally found it difficult to understand.


Paperbackpages. The present is much more prosaic and, above all, is full of wounds.

There’s a number of moral lessons throughout the novel. Kenya This was not an easy novel. Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller. I read recently a story about the Nobel Prize for Literature.

All this past and the wounds it left, the hopes of social and personal changes: Jun 17, Wangui rated it really liked it. Homage to Catalonia George Orwell. Quotes from A Grain of Wheat. Just a grsin while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

A GRAIN OF WHEAT – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

In my opinion, A Grain of Wheat was much better, but also very different. Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck. Colonial administration must fall so new African governments can lead, the Uhuru movement, and the idea of liberation under Jomo Kenyatta. The irony if it’s possible to be applied here is that he, the European, ngjgi, western man is more savage and inhuman than the people of Africa that Europeans always simplistically perceived as the savages of the jungle.

Mostly, it seems to be an opportunity to bring out the main narrative, as a screen where graib projected – already distanced – the past, recent and less recent.