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 author showed the impact of the fight for independence on all of these characters and also of the communities they lived in. At that time Kenya was under British rule, which ended in With that the novel portrays the different effects that the State of Emergency in Kenya fromhad on different people 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.

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.

A Grain of Wheat

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. View all 4 comments. But there you go.

Mugo just wants to be left alone. Particularly emerges the importance of Mumbi, who carries the name of the first woman according to the myths of gikuyu origins; so she represents the woman par excellence, tied to the protagonists of the liberation movement and disputed by several men. All the characters did things, or failed to do something they could have done, which they examine in the run-up to the independence celebrations.


Over the next seventeen years his wife, Nyambura, gave birth to six children. I can’t imagine whose representation he could be, and it’s a bit disturbing to keep seeing him when I open the book.

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Still can’t believe I finished it. The past time takes place during the Emergency in the ‘s during the Mau Mau rebellion against the European settlers.

I think my rating is more of a 4. Wa thiong’o is such a great writerand I loved his philosophyI loved how he made me as an Algerian readerbelieve in the black power over the Whitman All along I avoided reading writers who use the stream of unconsciousnessbut this one couldn’t but finish it. Often phlegmatic, the narrative gathers force and power as it patiently traces each person’s tributary of recall to the communal estuary. Oct 17, Amari rated it it was amazing.

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Firstly because you get to know Kenya’s history and culture, myths and realities, and secondly you are able to see the humanity in the black “savage” and the inhumanity in the white “cultured” man. I am also continually puzzled by the drawing of the young white man on the cover. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. No, you take an oath to confirm a choice already made.


Will make you want to go to Kenya. Interestingly, I bg the novel also foreshadows the troubles that were to plague the new nation, such as corruption by politicians. In the Old Testament she often saw herself as Esther: Do you truly have self-government if the MP sits in the capital taking bribes and enriching himself, while never paying any attention to his constituency?


Should this need be more important than an individual or than the truth? The characters in the book are all dealing with the aftermath of the Mau Mau rebellion, having lost family members or having suffered detention, forced labour and torture. The interior division does not lack on the other side: There is a cloud that hangs over the novel, one that has yet to dissipate in the intervening decades.

The Best Books of He’s one of those characters who really sticks with you; I can’t quite imagine that he’s just a fictional person because he seems so achingly real.

This makes it doubly interesting to students of history, as it explores the foundation myths of a nation. Very few of these actions and the motives for them are clear cut, although not all the characters are capable of the level of self analysis required to realise that.

A challenging book, but nonetheless an inspiring and moving book. Many of the minor characters mentioned early on assume some unanticipated significance later.