A Grain of Wheat (Penguin Modern Classics)
- Author:Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
- Publisher:Penguin in Association with Heinemann African
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Publication Date:July 1, 2010
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Originally published in 1967, Ngugi's third novel is his best known and most ambitious work. "A Grain of Wheat" portrays several characters in a village whose intertwined lives are transformed by the 1952-1960 Emergency in Kenya. As the action follows the village's arrangements for Uhuru (independence) Day. This is a novel of stories within stories, a narrative interwoven with myth as well as allusions to real-life leaders of the nationalist struggle, including Jomo Kenyatta. At the centre of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As events unfold, compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed and loves are tested.
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