Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages

Born in 1938 in rural Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o came of age in the shadow of World War II, amidst the terrible bloodshed in the war between the Mau Mau and the British. The son of a man whose four wives bore him more than a score of children, young Ngũgĩ displayed what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning, yet it was unimaginable that he would grow up to become a world-renowned novelist, playwright, and critic.
 
In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngũgĩ deftly etches a bygone era, bearing witness to the social and political vicissitudes of life under colonialism and war. Speaking to the human right to dream even in the worst of times, this rich memoir of an African childhood abounds in delicate and powerful subtleties and complexities that are movingly told.

 

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Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
12
Section 4
20
Section 5
21
Section 6
26
Section 7
45
Section 8
50
Section 18
129
Section 19
146
Section 20
158
Section 21
166
Section 22
171
Section 23
177
Section 24
187
Section 25
196

Section 9
58
Section 10
71
Section 11
75
Section 12
79
Section 13
87
Section 14
91
Section 15
110
Section 16
115
Section 17
122
Section 26
204
Section 27
211
Section 28
218
Section 29
222
Section 30
228
Section 31
243
Section 32
252
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About the author (2010)

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His books include Wizard of the Crow, Petals of Blood, Devil on the Cross, and Decolonising the Mind.

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