Devil on the Cross
This remarkable and symbolic novel centers around Wariinga's tragedy and uses it to tell a story of contemporary Kenya faced with the "satan of capitalism." Ngugi has directed his writing even more firmly towards the commitment that he shows in Writers in Politics and Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary. The novel was written secretly in prison on the only available material...more
April: Ok- a few months an two research projects on Ngugi later, I can say that this book now holds a place in my personal canon of radical literature. Devil on the Cross is just incredible. Form and style ...more
The master of ceremonies leaped on to the platform and called for silence. He addressed the audience and told them that this was a competition for thieves and robbers, real ones - that is, those who had reached international standards. Stories of people breaking padlocks in village huts or snatching purses from poor market women were shameful in the eyes of real experts in theft and robbery, and more so when such stories were narrated in front of international thieves and robbers. The foreigners...more
But Ngugi is such a brain; one of the literary legends out of East Africa. Sometimes i wish i didnt have to read his books for Lit class. Perhaps if i had read them out of school i would have been more appreciative of them. Reading them for class made me look at them in terms of what the questions would require.
I am making a weak promise to myself to re-read them.
Now, it is true that I and many others would not have read a non-fiction treatise on how certain membe ...more
Back to class, we had to share 2 cop ...more
If you enjoyed this book, God bless you. You have a fortitude of spirit that I can o ...more
All that said, I still found it very enjoyable ...more
This review be a lil sloppy cuz i'm just like piling all my thoughts about it together.....
When i first started the book, i wasn't very enthusiastic about it. There were a lot of things i didn't understand and the names and words in Gikuyu confused me. It took me a long time to get through the introduction/beginning section of the novel. However, the second half of the book was a lot more interesting and by then I became more familiar and comfortable with reading Ngũgĩ's style of writing. The bo ...more
As with many colonial and post-colonial authors, Ngugi had a long history of fairly vocal dissent and conflict with government authority. In fact, this novel was reportedly composed on toilet paper while he was in a Kenyan prison. "Devil" is fundamentally revolutionary literature ai ...more