Weep not, child

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Heinemann, Apr 30, 1988 - Fiction - 136 pages
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This is a simple and powerful tale of the effects of the Mau Mau war on individuals and families in Kenya. Two brothers must decide where their loyalties lie; Njoroge, the dreamer and accomplished student, finds it hard to give up schooling and is drawn relentlessly into turmoil. Good and evil are portrayed somewhat more starkly than in Ngugi's later works.

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The ending, I think, is perfect. - Goodreads
good creative writing that gives hope the helpless. - Goodreads
I plan to read more of his beautiful writing. - Goodreads
It was. However, it had some serious pacing problems. - Goodreads
Not sure about the ending though. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

Romeo and Juliet, meet the Joads of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. Set in Kenya, this is the story of Njoroge, a young Kikuyu boy who befriends Mwihaki, a girl whose father hates Njoroge's father. The ... Read full review

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The writing style is simple, and Thiong'o is a good storyteller. That said, it seemed disconnected at times and huge gaps occur that you have to fill in yourself. I was hoping to get a bit more information about Kenyan culture from this, but it didn't seem to be what I was hoping for. Read full review


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Ngugi is world famous for his novels from Weep Not, Child to Matigari and the impact of his plays, especially in Gikuyu, which led to his detention in Kenya. He is now Professor of Comparative Literature and Performance Studies in New York University. This book reflects many of the concerns found in Decolonising the Mind and Moving the Centre.

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