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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At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village’s chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. She had fed on graij in which Gikuyu women braved the terrors of the forest to save people, of beautiful girls given to the gods as sacrifice before the rains.

Aug 15, Thais Serrette added it. An impressive novel that takes a bit of concentration to figure out the various characters and changes in the time of the event.

A Grain of Wheat

The author’s family was involved in the Mau Mau uprising. As we learn of the villagers’ tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are weat, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.

Want to Read saving…. The Outsider Albert Camus. This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat Mugo’s treason and heroism The Best Books of It had been formed in response to his and his colleagues’ criticism of English – the British government had made in the s instruction in English mandatory. The title is taken from the Gospel According to St. Oct 06, Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing Nguugi it for: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But do you know the biggest weapon unleashed by the enemy against them?

This makes for a deep and psychological book, as we bring our own judgements and pre-conceptions to the story and examine those as well.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote. In the village of Thabai, the men and women who live there have been nguggi irrevocably by the uprising.

A Grain of Wheat : Ngugi Wa Thiong’o :

I want to understand garin lesson for the novel Agrain of wheat. In fact, I probably bought it on the basis of his name, shallow, yes, but it’s served me well in the past: Quotes from A Grain of Wheat.

Kihika, legendary rebel leader, was fatally betrayed to the whiteman. Perhaps I’m oversimplifying something that I don’t understand fully, but I would say that the thrust of Ngugi’s argument is that the political situation during the Kenyan rebellion against the UK destroyed all individuals involved, to greater or lesser extent, and that though some of the choices people made may seem reprehensible, they all had their root in some combination of the hope, selfishness, love, fear, and courage that we all harbor just beneath the surface.

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I however have so much for Kenya and their struggle for independence and the trials and tribulations they went through, whether it be betrayal by their own people or by the British. He summarises action in the runup for the Uhuru day in a remote village in Gikuyu territory he being a Gikuyu himself.

Two Hearts are better than one? A Grain of Wheat is about the events that lead up to Kenyan independence, or Uhuru. It jumps from the present – Independence day in Kenya to the characters’ pasts and we see how their lives are interwoven and connected. It took me a while to digest this book after I finished reading it because like many others have mentioned it contains many interwoven stories and the novel uses a lot of flashback. In the Old Testament she often saw herself as Esther: Ngugi was chair of the Department of Literature at the University of Nairobi from to On Photography Susan Sontag.


Great introduction to African literature. The novel is absolutely extraordinary. The interior division does not lack on the other side: It’s set in the background of Mau Mau rebellion.

Today, in fact, I came across a question that Tzvetan Todorov asks in a book of his: He worked as a lecturer at several universities – at the University College in Nairobiat the Makerere University in Kampalaand at the Northwestern University in Evanston in the United States Written in only three years after independence, the author also told of the greed of the whites would be replaced by the greed of those who replaced them and while the book ended in a small piece of hope it also ended with many unanswered questions on the future.

I can’t believe this is the first book I’m reading by an African writer. The Mau Mau rebellion and the emergency are exciting to history students, I think. Viewed from a distance of years and oceans, the lead-up to independence and ultimate triumph over the colonialists is unequivocally a time of celebration for Kenyans. Sep 01, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Grain of Wheat”themodernnovel.

But the main one I think for me was that things like wheat take time to grow, one must not be impatient for Uhuru, but make sure it grows steadily.

I really hated the book and loved it at the same time. Ngugi’s novel is a story of the last few days before Kenya became independent.