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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The men who turned their backs on the movement to lick the heels of the whiteman were not brought to justice, but were the first to benefit from a Kenya owned by the black man.

A Grain of Wheat

In the honest words of one freedom fighter, “Many of us talked like that because we wanted to deceive ourselves. Betrayallovedeterminismfriendshipand so many other subject has been tackled by James Wa thiong’o. 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.

Aug 15, Thais Serrette added it. I’m not a huge fan of nested stories–narratives breaking off into plot after plot–but Ngugi does this with such grace and darkness that you don’t even really notice until 40 pages later when it returns to the original conversation.

To ask other readers questions about A Grain of Wheatplease sign up. Time is smeared in this novel, paean to a period when much was uncertain, except for one thing: Still can’t believe I finished it. Each character is treated with such compassion, and the book takes no moral stance, simply presenting events from everyone’s point of view and leaving the reader to judge or not This is one of the best books I have read in a long time.


The exchange between the present and the past was mainly at the beginning confusing, but you get used to it as the novel progress. Even heroes have their secrets, and the resolve of ngugii strong can be weakened in manifold ways. It is not declared, but sometimes it is perceived that the narrator is one of the place, an anonymous spokesman for a community: Is he a hypocrite or is he naive?

Two hints that do not bear directly on the work itself: Also, I was just not quite sure what the grain of wheat, whose produce could not be predicted at the time of planting, was exactly.

The characters are sharply drawn and the plot is indisputably powerful. Jul 13, Neil rated it it was amazing.

In the beginning, the unfamiliar terms and names created some difficulty, and the novel’s non-linear timeline made it hard to keep the characters straight. We talked of loyalty to the bh and the love of our country. He may be simply a pragmatist, a collaborator, or an informer.

The past time is almost equal in length if not longer from the present. But there you go. whdat

A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

But you get used to it as well. I am so over books that among several main characters have only one female, and she there because she’s related to or a love interest of the guys, none of whom are related to each other. 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 using one small village as the window to the narrative.

It jumps from the present – Independence day in Kenya to the characters’ pasts and we see how their lives are interwoven and connected. Many of the minor characters mentioned early on assume some unanticipated significance later. Gikonyo’s marriage to the beautiful Mumbi was destroyed when he was imprisoned, while her life has been shattered in other ways. Uhuru is a Swahili word that means freedom. They cannot find the words to talk about the past, and a wall is created between them.


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The irony is that by using Kikuyu a native language of Kenya in a play instead of English, he was detained by those lauded heroes who were fighting the British for Kenyan Independence from the British Imperialism and the Colonial whwat English I’m interested in reading more by him.

Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe.

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I just wanted to come home. It’s set in the background of Oof Mau rebellion. I can’t believe this is the first book I’m reading by an African writer.

Return to Book Page. A Grain of Wheat centres a political narrative about the struggle for independence and liberation in Kenya; about rebellion against British grian, and on this level it is searing, laying bare the injustice from the point of view of a richly varied cast of rural Kenyan people. De todos modos es desgarradora.

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 whose lives have been transformed by the — Emergency. I think my rating is more of a 4.


He now writes in Gikuyu and translates into English, but this book is written in a very European style. Ways of Seeing John Berger. But it is full of hope. View all 8 comments.