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Weep Not, Child
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Ngugi's characterization of the uprising and the people involved is quite interesting. Some characters are connected with the Mau Mau not because of high-minded ideals but because of personal grievances with others. The white characters are considered outsiders by the Gikuyu but consider themselves Africans.
Njoroge becomes the synthesis character. Through his education he connects with the colonizers; he has a romantic connection with the collaborating chief's daughter; and, at home he is connected to Gikuyu past. He predicts that "tomorrow" there will be a new Kenya and he and the chief's daughter will be the foundation of it.
Weep Not, Child is Ngugi's first novel and it reads like one. His next novel "The River Between," with a similar message, is a far better work. I would not make this a "must read."
The novel also addresses the political conflict that was occurring in Kenya in the 1950's. The author incorporates a description of the power of the white rulers, the bitterness of the Africans at being enslaved on their own land and their attempt to rise up against the tyranny, and finally deals with the poor relations between the blacks and Indian merchants, who are looked down upon by the black community.
I read this novel as a part of my IB English class. We read this book in combination with "1984" (Orwell). It was a very powerful story when it dealt with Njoroge's life, his thoughts and his feelings but due to the length of the novel (136 pages) one only gets a fairly superficial explanation of the historical and cultural context of the book. Also, this novel is a book in translation, so some of the sentence and grammatical structure can be a bit tricky at times. All in all, a very good book.
Do take the time to savor this short story. It will hook you on African writers and open up your understanding of their cultures and the challenge they are experiencing with post-colonial, post-modern, and globalization etc.
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Quite touching story! Could relate more as this is almost what happened in SA. I found myself crying on the last chapters!Published 10 months ago by Dimakatso Thebe
I dropped the English class that required it because the teacher was not all that good. Even though I have never read the book, I have heard people say that it was a good read.Published on September 19, 2013 by Dbever
Got this book very fast, and was in good shape as well. I have not read this book yet but my teahcers brag about it, so im sure its good.Published on January 22, 2013 by Stephanie