Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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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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User Review  - chrissie3 - LibraryThing

Enjoyable and informative, definitely worth reading if you are curious to know more about the Mau Mau Rebellion 1952-1960 which lead to Kenyan Independence from Britain in 1963. Laid before you are ... Read full review

DREAMS IN A TIME OF WAR: A Childhood Memoir

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It takes a village to raise a writer. Against improbable odds, a Kenyan village raised a superb one in wa Thiong'o (English and Comparative Literature/Univ. of California, Irvine; Something Torn and ... Read full review

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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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