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His actions and how he sees himself are at the core of the book.


In other words, a story that requires more attention than I gave it. Or is this independence only an idealised dream. She lay in the sun and ardently yearned for a life in which love and heroism, suffering, and martyrdom were possible. In my opinion, A Grain of Wheat was much better, but also very different. Still can’t believe I finished it.

I am glad to see that Penguin has published this book and hope that it’s not riddled with the same meaning-altering typos that the Heinemann is; this work deserves a well-edited publication. See all 7 questions about A Grain of Wheat….

A GRAIN OF WHEAT – Ngugi wa Thiong’o

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I especially love the way Ngugi portrays how many of these characters internalize gdain and shows the damaging consequences of this not only on a personal level, but also on a communal one. Ngugk major point of the book seems to be the impossibility of living up to the heroic wheah. In each section of the novel, the perspective changes to a different person, and as in reality it was sometimes difficult to reconcile another character’s view of the person with his own.


He delivers a political novel, highly committed, about Uhuru, Freedom, in Decemberand the fight that brought it. Oct 17, Amari rated it it was amazing. I finally decided that it was the State of the Emergency.

But do you know the biggest weapon unleashed by the enemy against them? I wish I had known to pay attention to the characters in the beginning, and to nggi that they’d reappear in very different incarnations later in the novel.

Many of the minor characters mentioned early on assume some unanticipated significance later. Kihaka is an idealist who talks of Jesus Christ and the need for sacrifice, who idolises Ghandi with his struggle for independence though passive resistance.

View all 8 comments. If book is full of flashbacks allowing the reader to discover a number of treacheries, weaknesses and vicious violence. This really surprised me! It clearly depicted and painted a picture as to how the struggle for independence were for the Kenyans.

Quotes from A Grain of Wheat. The Outsider Albert Camus. Ggain it necessary to reject everything from the colonial past, or can some of it be useful?

Aug 15, Thais Serrette added it. She had fed on stories 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. Book ratings by Goodreads. So the true narrative is almost all retrospective, emerges progressively, at different times and with different points of view.


It’s awful and unsettling in so many ways.

The characters are complex and feel real. I can’t imagine whose representation he could be, and it’s a bit disturbing to keep seeing him when I open the book. Karanja seems to profit from the situation. 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. On that day, former resistance fighters General R and Koinandu plan on publicly executing the traitor who betrayed Kihika a heroic resistance fighter hailing from the village.

If you decide to read this I’d advise finding an edition other than Heinemann’s, which is ridiculously typo-ridden. I used to assign this book to high school students.

I know foreign literature doesn’t make a lot of money, but seriously, if you’re going to publish something can’t you handle it with at least minimum competence?