Posts tagged ‘post-colonial fiction’

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


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