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A grain of wheat.

Author: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
Publisher: London, Heinemann, 1967.
Series: African writers series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The works of Kenyan author Ngugi have made a powerful impact throughout the world. A Grain of Wheat was recognised as one of Africa's 100 best books of the twentieth century in an initiative organised by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. The central action in this novel by Ngugi wa Thiong'o takes place in December of 1963 in a village in Kenya that is preparing for the coming of Uhuru (Independence). However,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938-
Grain of wheat.
London, Heinemann, 1967
(OCoLC)570235020
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
ISBN: 0435900366 9780435900366
OCLC Number: 316782
Notes: Published under the author's earlier name: James Ngugi.
Description: vii, 280 pages 20 cm.
Series Title: African writers series.

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The works of Kenyan author Ngugi have made a powerful impact throughout the world. A Grain of Wheat was recognised as one of Africa's 100 best books of the twentieth century in an initiative organised by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. The central action in this novel by Ngugi wa Thiong'o takes place in December of 1963 in a village in Kenya that is preparing for the coming of Uhuru (Independence). However, the plot is non-linear, with a wealth of flashbacks and various twists and turns. There are also multiple storylines which are well-woven into a fascinating tapestry. The main story is indeed the coming of Independence Day, part of which involves identifying the person who betrayed Kihika, one of the leading freedom fighters from the village. Many of the flashbacks along this storyline involve the fight for freedom as well as details about what occurred in the detention camps. Another prominent storyline is that involving a love triangle between Mumbi and her two suitors, Gikonyo and Karanja. A third intriguing storyline involves Mugo, a man whom everyone recognizes as different yet feels drawn to. Ngugi portrays his inner conflict masterfully, especially in using biblical allusions to both Moses and Judas in relation to Mugo."--Www.mouthshut.com (Oct. 22, 2010).

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