A Grain of Wheat study guide contains a biography of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong. provide critical analysis of A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. A masterly story of myth, rebellion, love, friendship and betrayal from one of Africa’s great writers, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat. A masterly story of myth, rebellion, love, friendship and betrayal from one of Africa’s great writers, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat includes an introduction.

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In my opinion, A Grain of Wheat was much better, but also very different. I think my rating is more of a 4. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Stupid white colonials and black freedom-fighters alike take pause to sit back and wonder, what the hell did we just do? 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.

Colonial administration must fall so new African governments can lead, nguti Uhuru movement, and the idea of liberation under Jomo Kenyatta. Retrieved from ” https: In the village of Thabai, the men and women who live there have been transformed irrevocably by the uprising.

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Amidst all the euphoria of independence celebrations are a few hints of disillusionment. Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller. The story of the years leading up to Kenya’s independence is told wheaat a set of characters who represent the oppressor, the freedom fighter, the unwitting hero, and those who were traitors.


There is a cloud that hangs over the novel, one that has yet to dissipate in the intervening decades.

A Grain of Wheat

Very important is the interlacing of times, at the beginning obviously confusing but then fascinating; and whewt the end fairly clear. Lo tengo que dejar reposar. There are plenty of different opinions within nationalism as well. This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat I have not done the research myself, but the ongoing political corruption that plagues Kenya stands gtain back his claims, and casts another shadow on the celebrations that should accompany the freedom of any nation. In other words, a story that requires more attention than I wheaf it.

Indeed, the dominant theme is betrayal, ubiquitous in all its meanings and ramifications. I am also continually puzzled by the drawing of the young white man on the cover. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is unlikely that a truly ‘African’ style would reach out to a European readership in the same way.

The title of the novel comes from Paul’s parable in the Bible: If I speak in black-and-white terms, it is to match Thiong’o’s own unflinchingly caustic portrayal of all the white colonialists that pass through his pages. And, graun betrayal, existential solitude, involving everyone even whites: It lessens your shame. This is much more of an indictment of colonialism than Paradisewhich is understandable in the context.



I bought my copy of this book used and would highly recommend avoiding the old Heinemann “African Writers Series” edition. Aug 09, Marcy rated it it was amazing. The momentum builds as the day of Uhuru dawns and the murky events of the preceding years are gradually drawn into sharper focus, with all the ngkgi of a thriller that is magnificently captured by a long-distance race on the morning of Independence.

Many of the minor characters mentioned early on assume some unanticipated significance later. This is one of my favorite books. The past time is almost equal in length if not longer from the present. There is no direct description, but from the songs and proverbs mentioned we can reconstruct a sheat past: With that the novel portrays the different effects that the State of Emergency in Kenya fromhad on different people in the area most affected by fighting, Central Kenya og one small village as the window to the narrative.

The book is set post-independence, but concerns memories of actions during the ‘unrest’. See all 7 questions about A Grain of Wheat…. Ngugi draws on Conrad to nuance the idealistic, but cold and inhuman character of the white DO, Thompson.

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