A Grain of Wheat

A Grain of Wheat

ISBN: 0435909878

ISBN 13: 9780435909871

Publication Date: January 01, 1994

Publisher: Heinemann Educational Books

Pages: 247

Format: Paperback

Author: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

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Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.

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