Just Read : A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

A Grain of WheatA Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After finishing the book, I kept wondering, how was Ngugi able to weave all those characters together and bring out such a testament of the after colonial days?

The initial character I meet, Mugo, seems to be of no much value although you’d ask why he is the initial character. The way other characters’ stories overtake his until the climax, I suspected he had a very crucial role.

Kenyan names are hard, all the Ws. I got lost a bit but at the end you reconcile all the characters you meet.

I felt that for the villain to end up the way he did… well… because I understood his story. Must we all be sucked into every one’s struggle because it is the struggle at the moment? What of choice?

In the end the theme of independence especially for Mumbi comes out clearly, because it shows the need for dialogue, and listening. How can two walk together unless they agree?

The use of the scripture caught my eye and when I think about the true sense of scripture, so many of us use it for our struggle instead of understanding the struggle it testifies of. Nonetheless, I think the style is effective.

Good book. Whetted my thirst for another African read!

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