A Grain of Wheat
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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A Grain of Wheat is an interesting historical piece that grabs the attention of its audience right off the bat. The use of unity, nationalism, and oppression as themes give the book emotional value. The historical context is spot on, it seems like all truth. The battle between the good for the community versus the good for an individual is a challenging question worth pondering for anyone. This is a great read for a person who loves to read about history, culture, conflict, betrayal, or love.