A Grain of Wheat (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 7 Feb 2002
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About the Author
Kenyan novelist and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o is the author of WEEP NOT CHILD (1964), THE RIVER BETWEEN (1965), and PETALS OF BLOOD (1977). Ngugi was chair of the Department of Literature at the University of Nairobi from 1972 to 1977. He left Kenya in 1982 and taught at various universities in the United States before he became professor of comparative literature and performance studies at New York University in 1992.
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Like TRIPLE AGENT DOUBLE CROSS, WHEN VICTIMS BECOME KILLERS, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST, we learn that the tragic nature of this story reveals the futility of conflicts which in the end produces no winners, because humanity loses when the majority of the people emerge from a war scarred for life, having lost the innocence that epitomizes the freedom of the soul.
From a literary point of view this book is without fault. However the author is a nationalist at heart, he now writes in his native tongue and whilst the anti-colonial resonances are to be expected in novel of this theme, his passing negative references to the East African Indians was a little harsh. Thiongo is a black nationalist (as well as a Marxist) but his black nationalism not the laudable sort that Steve Biko propagated, Thiongo's has racist overtones in it. However even if we left the politics out of the book it would still be a book worth reading for the beauty of the prose and the captivating storyline.
Other than being at least bilingual, Thiongo has a sense of humour that will make you laugh for a long time. The novel is deep enough to warrant a glossary to make very clear a person's name, a tribe, and village and to pass on some African language to readers. A speaker and reader of African language(s) may get a greater sense of rank (e.g. Chief, villager, elder, middle class, working class and so forth), and place, among the recent Native Africans, European Settlers, and Indian subjects of the British.
Land creation and land grabs of the past and today places the novel inside and outside of Africa. Today natural disasters on the globe affect a person's sense of place and home; and humans, and cultures survive and merge in subtle ways.
The overlap of some religions is evident in the novel and initiation practices that preceded colonialism is evident, among parents of boys, in not only Muslim Africa, but Judaism, and Muslim religions elsewhere. I accept that continents and countries have dominant boundaries and rules of their own that are not wholly static. The overlap between the value of the Bible to the merged groups via missionaries, a Greek Orthodox priest, for example, also links to the other groups mentioned in the novel.
Do read the novel to get a range of the African groups and places not all often mentioned today. The author also conveys his aesthetic appreciation of a beautiful African landscape, such as a snow covered peak, the forest, and the need for some, in 1967, to hunt with a dog for hare and antelope (p. 209) for food. He is also not afraid to depict poverty and/or basic life and practices, for example the poor Africans, and the non-European toilets of an Indian shop owner (something evident in Europe in an earlier time).
The range of women, from Tom boyish, to very feminine but firm and not cowering in front of her husband, in the novel, as well as their tender moments together, is an example, that goes beyond stereotype. A good writer, Thiongo has a character with negative thoughts toward his woman, and though a little graphic, like some of the love scenes, is all balanced somewhat by his narrator's written style and tone.
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