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Secret Lives and Other Stories

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This book is currently out of stock with a ready about date of December 31, 1999Ngugi wa Thiong'o is world-famous for his novels from Weep Not, Child to Matigari and for the political impact of his plays, which led to his detention in Kenya. He is presently Professor of Comparative Literature and Performance Studies at New York University. This collection of early stories ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 28th 1975 by Lawrence Hill & Co (first published October 1975)
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Peter D
Nov 03, 2010 Peter D rated it really liked it
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These stories that Ngugi wrote early in his career prove that he is one of the grandmasters of African literature.
Jarret Lovell
Dec 17, 2016 Jarret Lovell rated it really liked it
Visiting the University of Cape Town bookstore several months ago, I happened upon a book called DEVIL ON THE CROSS by Ngugi wa Thiong'o. I knew nothing about either the book or the author, but the blurb on the back as well as the first few pages made me immediately buy the book. (DEVIL... was written on toilet paper while Ngugi was imprisoned for having written a previous book - PETALS OF BLOOD). But when I started reading DEVIL, as much as I liked it, I found it a bit of a challenge, so I put ...more
Halo&Horns
May 21, 2015 Halo&Horns rated it it was amazing
Read the first two stories. I didn't need more to confirm my review. Amazingly well-written and beautifully descriptive, Ngūgī casts us in the middle of the African culture and ensures a steady build-up of the story to a thrilling culmination that leaves the readers speechless.
'Mugumo' and 'And Down Came The Rain!' were short, but enormously satisfying reads.
I would recommend this to anyone who wishes to explore a new well-developed atmosphere. It will most definitely be worth every second.
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Kenyan teacher, novelist, essayist, and playwright, whose works function as an important link between the pioneers of African writing and the younger generation of postcolonial writers. After imprisonment in 1978, Ngũgĩ abandoned using English as the primary language of his work in favor of Gikuyu, his native tongue. The transition from colonialism to postcoloniality and the crisis of modernity ha ...more
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