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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As I began the novel, it didn’t seem special. The setting is a Kenyan village. She lay in the ngufi and ardently yearned for a life in which love and heroism, suffering, and martyrdom were possible.

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It was division among them. It was the first novel in English to be published by an East African author. Written in only three years after independence, the author also told of the greed ngug 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. This article needs whdat citations for verification.

Nov 03, MK rated it really liked it. Like another reviewer on Goodreads, I found a brief list of characters along with the page of first mention to be very helpful in the first pages or so.


And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. View all 4 comments. Is he a hypocrite wueat is he naive?

Ngugi was chair of the Department of Literature at bby University of Nairobi from to By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thiong’o constructs his nguvi slowly, weaving back and forth through different storylines, visiting different time periods and peopling different huts. Basically it went like this: This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat Am I allowed to say that?

This novel is a stunning portrayal of British colonialism in Kenya in the lead up to Independence. This really surprised me! Oct 17, Amari rated it it was amazing.

A GRAIN OF WHEAT – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The main characters Mugo, Gikonyo, Karanja Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. I went into this novel comparing it nguti Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apartwhich in spite of its many rave reviews I found to be relatively underwhelming. The exchange between the present and the past was mainly at the beginning confusing, but you get used to it as the novel progress. This is one of my favorite books.


But it is full of hope.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I really hated the book and loved it at the same time.

It was not the Maxim gun. Ngugi draws on Conrad to nuance the idealistic, but cold and inhuman character of the white DO, Thompson. This is not an easy book.

A Grain of Wheat

In other projects Wikiquote. I am no expert on African literature–or any literature for that matter–and bought this as a blind buy at my local, pure and simple.

Jul 13, Neil rated it it was amazing. The characters nggugi complex and feel real. In he left for England to pursue graduate studies at the Leeds University in England.

Today, in fact, I came across a question that Tzvetan Todorov asks in a book of his: A rival of Gikonyo, in love with Mumbi, he is the friend of the colonialists, in order to save his own hide. There’s a number of moral lessons throughout the novel. The novel is absolutely extraordinary.