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Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir

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Publisher Comments:

“A testament to the resilience of youth and the strength of hope. . . . Vividly evokes the colonial era as experienced by Africans, and the resulting clash of cultures that produced one of the most significant African writers of our time. . . . Ngũgĩ’s greatest literary achievement in this book is to re-create, with almost uncanny success, how the world looked through mid-century African eyes.”

—The Boston Globe

“Eye-opening. . . . The work Ngũgĩ offers us here is like nothing that’s gone before. . . . There is a startling similarity between Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father] and . . . Ngũgĩ’s eye-opening memoir. . . . It is admirably free of cant or sentimentality, and yet it is enough to make you weep.”

—The Washington Post

“Startling, vivid. . . . Inspiring. . . . Whether recalling joyful or challenging times, Ngũgĩ displays a plainspoken yet beautiful prose style. . . . Ngũgĩ’s inspiring story is a testament to his extraordinary resilience and stubborn refusal to surrender his dreams.”

—Christian Science Monitor

 

“Absorbing. . . . Infused with a child’s curiosity and wonder, this book is deeply touching in its revelation of a whole community’s stake in nurturing a writer.”

—The Guardian (London)

“Gives its readers an unforgettable sense of another time, a country and a continent in the middle of change. A small child learns to hold onto his dreams, even in a time of war.”

—Los Angeles Times

 

“Luminously evokes Kenya on the cusp of independence. . . . This] memoir is suffused with affecting evocations of time and place, as well as a touching reminder that dreams can come true.”

—Richmond Times Dispatch

 

“Ngũgĩ has been a key figure in Kenya’s modern history, both as a writer and as a model for political engagement, and his three-volume memoir will serve as an important record of the country and the life.”

—Irish Times

 

“Crisp, clearly told. . . . A fascinating look at twentieth-century African history, but also a moving intellectual odyssey in which Ngũgĩ learns to revere both modernity and tradition but to reserve a healthy skepticism of both.”

—Booklist

 

“Ngũgĩ has returned to his roots to produce something delicate, fresh and scrupulously honest.”

—The Spectator

 

“Richly drawn. . . . A coming-of-age tale, gripping, endearing, shocking and funny by turns. . . . The surprise about Dreams in a Time of War is that, for all the provocation of history, and for all its clear-eyed evocation of an agonised time, it is not an angry book. . . . Ngũgĩ’s storyteller’s instinct for character and place, for recurring motifs and telling symbols, triumphs over the bleakness of background.”

—The Scotsman

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

The Man Booker International Prize-nominated author of Wizard of the Crow recounts the story of his childhood, covering his early years in World War II-era Kenya as the fifth child of a third wife, the atypical thirst for learning that singled him out and the political struggles that shaped his home life.

Synopsis:

By the world-renowned novelist, playwright, critic, and

About the Author

NGU˜ GI˜ 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 Decolonizing the Mind.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307378958
Subtitle:
A Childhood Memoir
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Author:
Wa'thiong'o, Ngugi
Author:
Thiongʼo, Ngũgĩ wa
Author:
Ngugi Wa Thiong'O
Author:
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Author:
Thiongʼo, Ngũgĩ wa
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Kenya - History - Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100309
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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History and Social Science » World History » General

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