56th out of 144 books — 24 voters
The international outcry over the detention of Ngugi without a trial by the Kenyan authorities even reached him in the prison. With great accomplishment he describes the purposeful degradation and humiliation. He builds up vivid portraits of his fellow political prisoners. An artfully integrated series of reflections enable him to reflect on his writing, the nature of impr...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 27th 1982 by Heinemann Educational Books
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This is, by far, the worst book I've ever read. It is nothing but a vanity piece for the author, who is clearly puffing himself up to be some sort of African Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He's also an anti-Semite. Kenya was right to help Israel refuel after the Entebbe raid.
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...moreMore about Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o...