Posts tagged ‘Gikuyu’

A Grain of Wheat

Review by Andrew Murray Scott

By Ngugi wa Thiong’o, this novel of Kenya in the years and days immediately leading up to Uhuru – Independence Day – in 1963 ranges over the country’s social history and through powerfully drawn characters knits a convincing portrait of society in the ridges (townships) of Gikuyu or the ‘White Highlands’ – which could be seen in opposition to the picture presented in ‘White Mischief’ in which black faces are rarely glimpsed.

The Gikuyu people had been forcibly removed and forced to become labourers and squatters on the land they had, until the late 19th century, thought their own. (more…)

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August 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm 1 comment

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, was born in Kenya, in 1938 into a large peasant family. He went to school in Kenya and went to Makerere University College (then a campus of London University) in Uganda and Leeds University in Britain. Ngugi burst on to the literary scene in East Africa with the performance of his play, The Black Hermit, at the National Theatre in Kampala, Uganda, in 1962, as part of the celebration of Uganda’s Independence. In a productive literary period, Ngugi wrote eight short stories, two one-act plays, two novels, and a regular column for the Sunday Nation under the title, As I See It. One of the novels, Weep Not Child, was published to critical acclaim in 1964; followed by the second novel, The River Between (1965). His third was A Grain of Wheat (1967). (more…)

August 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm 1 comment


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