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A classical novel, exploiting the dark realty of struggle for and independence in Kenya. But why must Ngugi always use only Gikuyu characters (Mugo, Kihika, Muumbi..) in reflecting the war for national independence. The outside-country community who read of his works know of only one tribe in Kenya, and above all that fought for liberation.
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A GRAIN OF WHEAT

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User Review  - Karl - Goodreads

Maybe this was more groundbreaking when it appeared, and by now we've all ready a lot about the evils of colonialism, including turning the colonized against one another. Or maybe I don't know enough ... Read full review

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User Review  - Julia - Goodreads

A little difficult to get into but an awesome story by the end. The author tells the story without judgement - an interesting take on cultural values and relativism. Read full review

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User Review  - Ben Cole - Goodreads

A dense read, but once you get through the first half the rest really does just breeze past. Ngugi wa Thiongo'o uses prose effectively to encapsulate the atmosphere of pre-independence Kenya, providing not just an engaging storyline, but thoughtful insight as well. Read full review

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User Review  - Christian Asante - Goodreads

Brilliant piece by Ngugi. A grain of Wheat is a story about the struggles leading to independence in Kenya. Ngugi beautifully uses characters from a village Thabai to depict how the struggle affected ... Read full review

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User Review  - Colette Hinton - Goodreads

Disjointed and difficult to follow in some instances, but overall a good read. Characters are real and make you feel what they are experiencing. Shame on you England! Read full review

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User Review  - Fletcher - Goodreads

I've read this. I don't remember it though. Read full review

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User Review  - Tino Nyams - Goodreads

One of the best books I have read! Read full review

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User Review  - Archee - Goodreads

A fictional tale that seems much less like fiction and much more like the truths of any nation recovering from its tumultuous past. He renders the characters so honestly that their emotions are made tangible, sinews linking together the bare bones of their tangled realisations. Read full review


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