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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Autor de A Grain of Wheat

71+ Obras 6,245 Miembros 125 Reseñas 19 Preferidas
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Sobre El Autor

Novelist, playwright, and essayist, Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Kenya on January 5, 1938. He received a B.A. in English from Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda in 1963. He is Kenya's best-known writer and one of East Africa's most outspoken social critics. His first novel, Weep Not, mostrar más Child (1964), was a penetrating account of the Mau Mau uprising (a tribal revolt that occurred in colonial Kenya) and was the first English-language novel by an East African. Two subsequent works, The River Between (1965) and A Grain of Wheat (1967), are sensitive novels about the Kikuyu people caught between the old and the new Africa. One of his major concerns has been the lack of reading materials in native African languages. In an attempt to bring literature to African peasants and workers, he wrote and produced the play I Will Marry When I Want (1977) in his native Kikuyu language. The play, which shows the exploitation of Kikuyu workers and peasants, attracted a large audience of poor Kenyans. It also led to Ngugi's arrest and imprisonment. After his release from prison, he went into exile and is currently living in the United States. His other works include Detained (1981); Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1986); and Matigari (1987). He received the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature. In 2006, Random House published his first new novel in nearly two decades, Wizard of the Crow. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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(eng) Ngũgĩ's name is not in the western form of last name, first name, because neither Ngũgĩ nor wa Thiong'o is his "last name" in the sense that is used in the west. He returned to the traditional Gikuyi form of his name, which roughly means Ngũgĩ son of Thiong'o, and is referred to on his own web site as Ngũgĩ.

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Series

Obras de Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

A Grain of Wheat (1967) 932 copias
Wizard of the Crow (2006) — Traductor, algunas ediciones923 copias
Petals of Blood (1977) 755 copias
The River Between (1965) 703 copias
Weep Not, Child (1964) 555 copias
Devil on the Cross (1980) 387 copias
Matigari (1987) 262 copias
I Will Marry When I Want (1982) 77 copias
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (1977) 46 copias
The Black Hermit (1968) 28 copias
Homecoming (1891) 22 copias
Secure the Base (2016) 12 copias
The Language of Languages (2022) 5 copias
Njamba Nene and the Flying Bus (1982) — Autor — 4 copias
Njamba Nene's Pistol (1984) — Autor — 4 copias
Petals of Blood 3 copias
Se Afrika (2017) 3 copias
Aradaki Nehir (2016) 2 copias
This Time Tomorrow (1976) 2 copias
Mtawa Mweusi (1970) 1 copia
Nisun jyvä 1 copia
Mutiiri 1 copia
Re-membering Africa (2009) 1 copia
Njia Panda 1 copia
Chmury i łzy 1 copia
Mtawa mweusi 1 copia

Obras relacionadas

African Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 144 copias
Granta 109: Work (2009) — Contribuidor — 116 copias
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 92 copias
Nairobi Noir (2020) — Contribuidor — 32 copias
One World of Literature (1992) — Contribuidor — 24 copias
African Literature: an anthology of criticism and theory (2007) — Contribuidor — 23 copias
An African Quilt: 24 Modern African Stories (2012) — Contribuidor — 17 copias
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Contribuidor — 16 copias
Captive Imagination: Letters from Prison (2010) — Prólogo — 4 copias

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Conocimiento común

Nombre canónico
Thiong'o, Ngugi wa
Nombre legal
Thiong'o, Ngũgĩ wa
Otros nombres
Ngugi, James Thiong'o (birth name)
wa Thiongo, Ngugi
Fecha de nacimiento
1938-01-05
Género
male
Nacionalidad
Kenya
País (para mapa)
Kenya
Lugar de nacimiento
Kamiriithu, Kenya
Lugares de residencia
Kamiriithu, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Irvine, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Educación
Makerere University
University of Leeds
Ocupaciones
university professor
scholar of African and English literature
writer
Relaciones
Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ (son)
Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ (daughter)
Organizaciones
University of California, Irvine
Amherst College
Yale University
New York University
Premios y honores
Lotus Prize for Literature (1973)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary ∙ Literature ∙ 2003)
PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature (2022)
Aviso de desambiguación
Ngũgĩ's name is not in the western form of last name, first name, because neither Ngũgĩ nor wa Thiong'o is his "last name" in the sense that is used in the west. He returned to the traditional Gikuyi form of his name, which roughly means Ngũgĩ son of Thiong'o, and is referred to on his own web site as Ngũgĩ.

Miembros

Debates

Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o en Author Theme Reads (enero 2012)
Matigari by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o en Author Theme Reads (diciembre 2011)
Introducing Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o en Author Theme Reads (diciembre 2011)
Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o en Author Theme Reads (diciembre 2011)
The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o en Author Theme Reads (diciembre 2011)
Devil on the Cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o en Author Theme Reads (noviembre 2011)

Reseñas

3.5, I did like the book and I learned a lot from it but you can tell its the author's first novel. The first half of the novel is a classic coming-of-age tale with a practical realism meeting the magical memory of the Kenyan hilllands. It plays out important issues for Africans under colonialism, dealing very directly with the complex issue of female circumcision. But the second half of the book is too burdened by repetitive exposition, and morality play style allusions for it to really shine, although certainly, the potential is there. The book is worth reading and I look forward to reading other of Thiong'o's works.… (más)
 
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Aidan767 | 19 reseñas más. | Feb 1, 2024 |
First-hand engrossing memoir of life during the years of the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, and the often brutal British colonial responses.
 
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sfj2 | 5 reseñas más. | Dec 3, 2023 |
Reasons read: ROOT, ANC,
I received this as part of AudioSync File summer program for young people. This is a work of verse telling the creation myth. It is a blend of folklore, myth, adventure and allegory. It is my first book by this author.
 
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Kristelh | 8 reseñas más. | Oct 6, 2023 |
This is well known enough on this board that no summary is needed. I will say only that I had the same reaction to this as to the last book of his that I read (The River Between): good, but no more. Although I find his settings and themes of great interest, he just doesn’t engage me. I don’t find the writing particularly moving and the characters—the protagonist(s) as well as the lesser characters—strike me too often as just a step up from stick figures. I will persist and try A Grain of Wheat next since that seems well-regarded here. But I will confess to being disappointed. Again.… (más)
½
 
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Gypsy_Boy | 7 reseñas más. | Aug 25, 2023 |

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