Wizard of the Crow Paperback – 5 Apr 2007
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"Unreservedly a masterpiece" (Scotland on Sunday)
"A huge, comic novel... A shimmering, shifting discourse... mythological but also cheerfully disenchanted; political and playful; cartoonish but also epical... the African novel may well have delivered its greatest masterpiece" (Brian Morton Sunday Herald)
"Epic....daring satire" (Sunday Times)
"Fantastic" (John Updike)
"Truly exciting... the author is a master of farce" (Daily Telegraph)
A magisterial comic novel that is certain to take its place as a landmark of postcolonial African Literature from the exiled Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet, and literary critic.See all Product Description
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His latest book is Wizard of the Crow and I literally don't have the skills to convey how great it is. It's been awhile since he published a novel.Read more ›
The intended targets of this astute political satire, from The Ruler to the Global Bank, are obvious. But it is a measure of his accomplishment that they retain the capacity to surprise and intrigue. Passages reminiscent of myth build pace and suspense and the fictional African nation of Aburiria breathes a history that could be, and *is*, that of so many others. There is hope and principle here too in the Movement for the Voice of the People, but it is complex and human, rich and multivalent in a way that elides a great many patronising cliches. Great.
Wizard of the Crow is a delicious satire, filled with outrageous characters. The African story-telling tradition is rich and colourful and Ngugi wa Thiong'o isn't saving words. The book is long and full of magic - magical realism is an excellent label for this book. The competing ministers Machokali and Sikiokuu are hilarious in their antics, yet almost painfully real, not to mention all the corrupt, power-hungry and superstitious businessmen, police and politicians.
I believe most people haven't read any books from African authors. If you wish to educate and entertain yourself, reading Wizard of the Crow is an excellent idea. Even though the book is over 700 pages long, I wouldn't have minded if it had been even longer - it was that good. Only the ending was somewhat flat, perhaps, but making a story this epic end in a satisfying way must be really, really hard. (Review based on the Finnish translation.)
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This is one of my favourite works of African fiction. In the manner of Garcia Marquez for South America, Wa'Thiongo creates a magico-realist African landscape that is rich,... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2011 by Ralf
I just want to add to what other reviewers have said. This is one of my favourite books of all time. Read morePublished on 16 May 2011 by Oliver Paz
I have nothing much to add to the previous reviews which have covered what the books is about very well. Read morePublished on 1 May 2011 by The Punisher
as an African,i instantly understand and enjoy is take and criticism of the average African ruler who are purely tyrants masquerading as democrats
up till today we can see the... Read more
This book takes you right into the heart of a broken African nation where anyone can succeed overnight through corruption and deceit. Read morePublished on 29 April 2010 by Londsreader
This is one of, if not my favourite book I have ever read. I bought this after reading a reveiw of it and an interveiw with the author in the Big Issue. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2009 by J. R. "Bob" Dobbs #99