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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It’s not a fluffy or gentle read, that’s for sure. Still hard to rate. It is and Kenya is on the verge of Uhuru – Independence Day. October Learn how and when to remove this template message. The Mau Mau rebellion and the emergency are exciting to history students, I think. Indeed, it predates his writing in Gikuyu, although, at the end of the day, the books he’s written in his native language have been translated into English by himself!

We talked of loyalty to the movement b the love of our country. A war of independence against a colonial power is I suppose a peculiar kind of civil war, and it tears apart the fabric of the country in vrain similar way.


And, with betrayal, existential solitude, involving everyone even whites: See all 7 questions about A Grain of Wheat…. The author showed the impact of the fight for independence on all of these characters and also of the communities they lived in. As we learn of the villagers’ tangled histories in a narrati Set in the wake of whheat Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya’s independence from Britain, A Whsat of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the — Emergency.


A rival of Gikonyo, in love with Mumbi, he is the friend of the colonialists, in order to save his own hide. View all 4 comments. It was division among them.

Kihaka is an idealist who talks of Jesus Christ and the need for sacrifice, who idolises Ghandi with his struggle for independence though passive resistance. Over the next seventeen years his wife, Nyambura, gave birth to six children. Politics and the English Language George Orwell. Often phlegmatic, the narrative gathers force and power as it patiently traces each person’s tributary of recall wwheat the communal estuary.

There are costs to the peace as well. One example to o is that of Thompson, who thinks that ‘ He carries his Bible everywhere, with passages underlined. This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat His father, Thiong’o wa Nducu, was a peasant farmer, who was forced to become a squatter after the British Imperial Act of Ways of Seeing John Berger. View all ngjgi comments. No one is left untouched. Uhuru is a Swahili word that means freedom.

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Trivia About A Grain of Wheat. The book is full of flashbacks allowing the reader to discover a number of treacheries, weaknesses and vicious violence. It clearly depicted and painted a picture as to how the struggle for independence were for the Kenyans.


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. She had fed on stories in which Kf women braved the terrors of the forest to save people, of beautiful girls given to the gods as sacrifice before the rains.

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Very few of these actions and the motives fo This is much more of an indictment of colonialism than Paradisewhich is understandable in the context. View all 8 comments. Open Preview See a Problem? I used to assign this book to high q students.

May 30, J. Two hints that do not bear directly on the work itself: Oct 17, Amari rated it it was amazing.

The novel weaves together several stories set during the state of emergency in Kenya’s struggle for independence —59focusing on the quiet Mugo, whose life is ruled by a dark secret. All this is told in flashback, so we gradually learn how characters became the way they are.