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Decolonising the Mind (Studies in African Literature) Paperback – July 16, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0435080167 ISBN-10: 0435080164

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in African Literature
  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann (July 16, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435080164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435080167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ngugi is world famous for his novels from Weep Not, Child to Matigari and the impact of his plays, especially in Gikuyu, which led to his detention in Kenya. He is now Professor of Comparative Literature and Performance Studies in New York University. This book reflects many of the concerns found in Decolonising the Mind and Moving the Centre.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elias Chikoto on June 26, 2007
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I thought this book was really thought provoking and helps to highlight the damage done to our African languages by colonialists. Sadly, we now have an increasing number of Africans who seem to take pride in how well their kids know foreign languages when they cannot even speak the tongue of their birth!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rereader on July 17, 2013
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It is interesting and thoughtful book. I think this is a valuable book for a language teacher to read, especially one who is teaching the language in a foreign country and even more important for a person teaching a foreign language in an African country. I can't say that I agree with all the central points of the author's argument, but he presents it in a thoughtful and qualitative fashion that at least makes me favorably consider his arguments.
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