A Grain of Wheat

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Heinemann, 1986 - Fiction - 247 pages
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Ngugi takes the reader back to the days preceding Kenya's independence. Mugo, a farmer and hero in the eyes of the villagers, is asked to deliver a speech during the Uhuru celebrations, to be held in memory of his friend Kihika. He refuses to make a speech and turns out to be a traitor.
 

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Novel set at the moment of Kenyan independence from the British, where the victorious Kenyans are not united but divided by their experience of colonial rule and the fight to be free. Tries to provide ... Read full review

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A Grain of Wheat takes place during Kenya's struggle for independence from British rule in the 1950s. It centers around four central African characters and one British administrator. The central theme ... Read full review

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1
II
10
III
18
IV
33
V
48
VI
57
VII
70
VIII
122
XI
163
XII
167
XIII
178
XIV
203
XV
224
XVI
232
XVII
239
XVIII
244

IX
131
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About the author (1986)

Ngugi is world famous for his novels from Weep Not, Child to Matigari and the impact of his plays, especially in Gikuyu, which led to his detention in Kenya. He is now Professor of Comparative Literature and Performance Studies in New York University. This book reflects many of the concerns found in Decolonising the Mind and Moving the Centre.

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