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This is a compelling account of the turbulence that inflamed Kenya in the 1950s and its impact on people's lives. Five friends and agemates make different choices when the Mau Mau rebellion erupts in colonial Kenya. Kihika joins the freedom fighters in the forest; Gikonyo supports the rebels, but is arrested and detained; Mumbi, Gikonyo's wife, works to keep family and home together in the village; Karanja chooses to support the more powerful British masters; Mugo ultimately betrays his friends and loses his life in a desperate attempt to stay alive and stay neutral.

In this ambitious and densely worked novel, we begin to see early signs of Ngugi's increasing bitterness about the ways in which the politicians, not the fighters or their families, are the true benefactors of the rewards on independence.

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Ngugi takes the reader back to the days preceding Kenya's independence. Mugo, a farmer and hero in the eyes of the villagers, is asked to deliver a speech during the Uhuru celebrations, to be held in memory of his friend Kihika. He refuses to make a speech and turns out to be a traitor.

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In this ambitious and densely worked novel, we begin to see early signs of Ngugi's increasing bitterness about the ways in which the politicians are the true benefactors of the rewards of independence.

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This is a compelling account of the turbulence that inflamed Kenya in the 1950s and its impact on people's lives. Five friends and agemates make different choices when the Mau Mau rebellion erupts in colonial Kenya. Kihika joins the freedom fighters in the forest; Gikonyo supports the rebels, but is arrested and detained; Mumbi, Gikonyo's wife, works to keep family and home together in the village; Karanja chooses to support the more powerful British masters; Mugo ultimately betrays his friends and loses his life in a desperate attempt to stay alive and stay neutral.

In this ambitious and densely worked novel, we begin to see early signs of Ngugi's increasing bitterness about the ways in which the politicians, not the fighters or their families, are the true benefactors of the rewards on independence.

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no_omnivore, July 3, 2009 (view all comments by no_omnivore)
This is an excellent book which bravely faces the colonization of Kenya. It explores the intricate relationship of conquerer and conquered, oppressor and oppressed, Christ and Chaiaphas. Ngugi shows how one side is not completely one or the other.
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mbalik80, August 28, 2008 (view all comments by mbalik80)
As africans our history does not determine where our future is heading but kind of remind us of our past and what our fellow people went through for us to be here today. This book does more than that, when it comes to the theme as we know the theme is derived from a chapter in the bible it somehow shows that for the rebirth of africa(kenya) some peole had to lay their lives while fighting for freedom of the african countries and their blood was like that of a grain of wheat that has to fall to the ground and die inorder to yield good a good harvest.
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ISBN:
9780435909871
Author:
Ngugi Wa Thiong'O
Author:
Thiong'o, Ngugi W.
Author:
Ngugi Wa Thiong'O
Publisher:
Heinemann
Location:
London :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Kenya
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Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Series:
African writers series ;
Series Volume:
v.136
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
224
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7.97x5.11x.59 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Heinemann - English 9780435909871 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Ngugi takes the reader back to the days preceding Kenya's independence. Mugo, a farmer and hero in the eyes of the villagers, is asked to deliver a speech during the Uhuru celebrations, to be held in memory of his friend Kihika. He refuses to make a speech and turns out to be a traitor.
"Synopsis" by , In this ambitious and densely worked novel, we begin to see early signs of Ngugi's increasing bitterness about the ways in which the politicians are the true benefactors of the rewards of independence.
"Synopsis" by , This is a compelling account of the turbulence that inflamed Kenya in the 1950s and its impact on people's lives. Five friends and agemates make different choices when the Mau Mau rebellion erupts in colonial Kenya. Kihika joins the freedom fighters in the forest; Gikonyo supports the rebels, but is arrested and detained; Mumbi, Gikonyo's wife, works to keep family and home together in the village; Karanja chooses to support the more powerful British masters; Mugo ultimately betrays his friends and loses his life in a desperate attempt to stay alive and stay neutral.

In this ambitious and densely worked novel, we begin to see early signs of Ngugi's increasing bitterness about the ways in which the politicians, not the fighters or their families, are the true benefactors of the rewards on independence.

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