Weep Not, Child

Weep Not Child Tells the moving story about the effects of the Mau Mau war on the lives of ordinary men and women in Kenya In the forests the Mau Mau are waging war against the white government and two brothers K

Tells the moving story about the effects of the Mau Mau war on the lives of ordinary men and women in Kenya In the forests, the Mau Mau are waging war against the white government, and two brothers, Kamau and Njoroge, and the rest of the family must decide where their loyalties lie.

  • ☆ Weep Not, Child ↠ Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
    392 Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Weep Not, Child

  1. 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, Ng g 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 has been a central issues in a great deal of Ng g s writings Ng g wa Thiong o was born in Kamiriithu, near Limuru, Kiambu District, as the fifth child of the third of his father s four wives At that time Kenya was under British rule, which ended in 1963 Ng g s family belonged to the Kenya s largest ethnic group, the Gikuyu His father, Thiong o wa Nducu, was a peasant farmer, who was forced to become a squatter after the British Imperial Act of 1915 Ng g attended the mission run school at Kamaandura in Limuru, Karinga school in Maanguu, and Alliance High School in Kikuyu During these years Ng g became a devout Christian However, at school he also learned about the Gikuyu values and history and underwent the Gikuyu rite of passage ceremony Later he rejected Christianity, and changed his original name in 1976 from James Ng g , which he saw as a sign of colonialism, to Ng g wa Thiong o in honor of his Gikuyu heritage After receiving a B.A in English at Makerere University College in Kampala Uganda in 1963, Ng g worked briefly as a journalist in Nairobi He married in 1961 Over the next seventeen years his wife, Nyambura, gave birth to six children In 1962 Ng g s play THE BLACK HERMIT was produced in Kampala In 1964 he left for England to pursue graduate studies at the Leeds University in England.The most prominent theme in Ng g s early work was the conflict between the individual and the community As a novelist Ng g made his debut with WEEP NOT, CHILD 1964 , which he started to write while he was at school in England It was the first novel in English to be published by an East African author Ng g used the Bildungsroman form to tell the story of a young man, Njoroge He loses his opportunity for further education when he is caught between idealistic dreams and the violent reality of the colonial exploitation THE RIVER BETWEEN 1965 had as its background the Mau Mau Rebellion 1952 1956 The story was set in the late 1920s and 1930s and depicted an unhappy love affair in a rural community divided between Christian converts and non Christians A GRAIN OF WHEAT 1967 marked Ng g s break with cultural nationalism and his embracing of Fanonist Marxism Ng g refers in the title to the biblical theme of self sacrifice, a part of the new birth unless a grain of wheat die The allegorical story of one man s mistaken heroism and a search for the betrayer of a Mau Mau leader is set in a village, which has been destroyed in the war The author s family was involved in the Mau Mau uprising Ng g s older brother had joined the movement, his stepbrother was killed, and his mother was arrested and tortured Ng g s village suffered in a campaign.In the 1960s Ng g was a reporter for the Nairobi Daily Nation and editor of Zuka from 1965 to 1970 He worked as a lecturer at several universities at the University College in Nairobi 1967 69 , at the Makerere University in Kampala 1969 70 , and at the Northwestern University in Evanston in the United States 1970 71 Ng g had resigned from his post at Nairobi University as a protest against government interference in the university, be he joined the faculty in 1973, becoming an associate professor and chairman of the department of literature It had been formed in response to his and his colleagues criticism of English the British government had made in the 1950s instruction in English mandatory Ng g had asked in an article, written with Taban lo Liyong and Henry Owuor Anyumba, If there is need for a s

431 Reply to “Weep Not, Child”

  1. Described in many reviews as a simple story , this book only appears so, I think, because it s written in an economical, limpid style reminiscent of folk tales or anecdote The narrative follows Njoroge as he grows from a small child to a young adult, locked in his time like a balloon in the wind, and we most often see things from his perspective, but sensitive critique of his na ve and sometimes ignorant viewpoint, and those of others, is implicit throughout When Njoroge finds Lucia a nice name, [...]


  2. I read this book as a child growing up in Liberia, West Africa I remember loving the language and the rich culture that very similar to my own I look forward to reading it again as an adult and growing a deeper appreciation for it.


  3. , , Thiong o Lee , 2017 Petals of Blood, PDF Ngotho, Njoroge, Mwihaki reader Penguin Ben Okri, 8 Thiong o , , , , , Matigari Thiong o , 2017 .


  4. A well developed African story of hope and disappointment set in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising Ngugi weaves fiction and nonfiction well to provide both depth of characters and storyline What I admire most is the sense of realism injected into the story, never a perfect character, rarely an ideal scenario coming to fruition, no perfect ending.


  5. 3.5 stars.Read without placing it in relevant contexts, this book will seem nothing special The writing reminds me of R K Narayan, which if I refuse to think beyond that would put me off But there s a reason why the writing of Ngugi s first English novel and R K Narayan s work in English is so simple and direct There s a reason why their stories aren t all that special They bring to life the first generation of what was to evolve into proper postcolonial literature There s power in that Maybe it [...]


  6. Una storia cruda e triste del rapporto conflittuale tra l uomo bianco e la popolazione locale del Kenya Il protagonista un bambino che vuole istruirsi e riscattare pacificamente la propria identit culturale ma in realt nemmeno quello, lui vuole solo istruirsi Chi vuole riscattare la popolazione Kenyota il padre, e il fratello che aderisce a un gruppo di guerriglieri.Finir male per entrambi.


  7. Os ser sincera no conoc a esta historia Las palabras Mau Mau despertaban un recuerdo t mido en mi cabeza, de algo quiz s aprendido por encima en el colegio, pero la cosa no iba m s all Y tras la lectura y comprensi n de todos los sucesos, una no puede evitar una enorme tristeza, tanto por no conocer la historia con anterioridad como por el hecho de que se trata un relato de privaciones y vejaciones constantes, contado por un experimentado narrador con una voz impecable y un gusto exquisito para [...]


  8. This book was a jumbled mess that had a lot of potential The writer s style was too simple, and the direction of the story was horrible That s as much critique as I can muster It was a waste of reading time.



  9. This is a very good and short novel that addresses the stress and anguish of late colonialism in Kenya This text is rich on many levels as it deals with hope, despair, injustice, redemption, etc I m going to teach this in both African history and World History.


  10. A slim book set in Central Kenya during the struggle for independence I thought it exquisite and devastating Highly recommend.


  11. spoiler alert Ngugi gives us an intimate account of how real people and families were effected by the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya in the 1950 s and how the same interests of preserving land rights got cast as vastly different and racialized interests, resulting in the deaths of many Following Njoroge through his coming of age,we see him first as a young boy who believes that through education and learning, he can save his country, then as a devout Christian who sees himself as God s chosen one to [...]


  12. this was my third novel by ngugi, and possibly my least favorite don t get me wrong, it s a worthwhile read, but i vastly prefer his later a grain of wheat amazing weep not, child seems like a sketch by comparison that said, ngugi s light story telling touch works as well as ever he renders his characters with a willful naivete that would almost remind me of kurt vonnegut, were it not so free of snark and full of wonder the characters though likeable are a bit one dimensional, and i was disappoi [...]


  13. It may be in part due to my inability to absorb the particular setting of African colonialism, but it seems to me that the whole thing about African literature falls short of what it claims to be It always reminds me somewhat of Hemingway hypes You hope for the heap of what seems to be treasure passed down from old time, only to find some overrated, overused junks It certainly has some value in cultural aspects and flaunts unique perspectives that need to be told Like many of Wa Thiong o s books [...]


  14. I am not a fan of Classics but the synopsis caught my interest It was good in the beginning but then the character soon became dismiss able as the pages turned My main problem with this book was the lack of characterization and how silly it came across There was absolutely no direction or anything that motivated me to continue reading This book only emphasized why I do not read many Classics, cause most of the time I am disappointed with the execution.Oh well it was okay but I doubt I would be r [...]


  15. I am not a fan of Classics but the synopsis caught my interest It was good in the beginning but then the character soon became dismiss able as the pages turned My main problem with this book was the lack of characterization and how silly it came across There was absolutely no direction or anything that motivated me to continue reading This book only emphasized why I do not read many Classics, cause most of the time I am disappointed with the execution.Oh well it was okay but I doubt I would be r [...]


  16. This is written in a pared down though poetic style that makes it feel mythic, though the story is very much set in a particular place and time Kenya, the Mau Mau uprising It s in some ways a simple story Romeo and Juliet maybe, as Ben Okri writes in the intro but in other ways rather complex in its renderings of various divisions in Kenyan society of this period Even the white characters who wind up on the side of repression and torture are granted their humanity which in this novel means sadne [...]


  17. Beh ver l sa mer av Ng g innan jag kan s ga n got om honom denna var s tydligt en debutroman Fina punkter och stunder men med m nga skavanker, s rskilt vad g ller karakterisering.Skildringen av f rtryck fick mig att t nka p en av Farrokhzads formuleringar Det enda spr k du kan f rd ma f rgripelsen p r f rgriparens spr k och f rgriparens spr k r ett spr k som uppfanns f r att r ttf rdiga f rgripelsen.


  18. The writing style is simple, and Thiong o is a good storyteller That said, it seemed disconnected at times and huge gaps occur that you have to fill in yourself I was hoping to get a bit information about Kenyan culture from this, but it didn t seem to be what I was hoping for.


  19. Like most people faced with challenges this book is all about them and how much dreams are blurred by brutality and how the only people who you think have lost it all still gain the strength to hope for another day.


  20. Nest v ne tuvu A Grain of Wheat man s ac s p r k vaki ieskic ts, p r k pa aujas uz melodr mu un ar t li eit ir daudz plak tisk ki.


  21. Clearly a first book after reading Ng g s childhood memoirs this book clearly had a lot borrowed from his own experiences growing up.


  22. One of my favorite parts about reading African fiction is getting introduced to pieces of history that I know nothing about No disappointment on this front as the novel is set against the backdrop of the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, which I previously knew nothing about Very interesting to get a taste of this conflict and a sense of what was at stake.The brevity of the work keeps it to some extent from reaching the depth that I would love to see, but it s well executed overall One of the most inte [...]


  23. I had to read this book for my African history class and it only started getting interesting about midway into the story I was confused for a while, because so many names are presented, with little to no context of these characters.Nevertheless, though this story s plot moved very slowly, it was still interesting to see what would happen to the characters, especially Njoroge, because you re brought along on his life s journey from the start I thought it was well written and provided great contex [...]


  24. In reading comments by other reviewers, I wonder if they don t realize this is the author s first book and if they expect it to read like a book written by a Western author Protagonist Ngjoroge s dreams, perspective and relationships especially with Mwihaki and the effects off the Mau Mau Uprising on various characters feel realistic to me, as does the conclusion It s interesting to read The River Between before this title as this one takes place about 50 years later and references the same prop [...]


  25. On the surface this is a coming of age story, set in a world that slowly grows chaotic as colonial rule is coming to an end On a deeper level we see the restraints of society forcing us into the roles we are expected to fill, regardless of our efforts Most clearly we see this in the main character Njoroge, who does everything right with the goal of saving first his family, then his country from poverty and injustice, only to be forced into the role society has given him We see this too with his [...]


  26. While I had some issues with the representation of women in this novel, it was definitely a touching and emotional tale of a young man growing up amid sociopolitical turmoil in 1950 s Kenya The focus on education shows just how powerful knowledge can be, and how it can simultaneously be a way to achieve equality, and a means of social and cultural oppression The ending was not exactly satisfying, but I suppose that can be seen as a reflection of the at the time unfulfilled struggle for independe [...]


  27. Un libro que muestra la forma de vida de muchos africanos durante la poca del Mau Mau, los conflictos entre los de su propia raza, aquellos que sosten an con los blancos, y los que deb an sobrellevar con ellos mismos Una narraci n sencilla en donde los anhelos, la familia y el desarrollo social y personal son los protagonistas Es triste ver como los sue os se marchitan y la vida va matando tus ilusiones.Lectura muy recomendada.


  28. Wish I had read this long before But it is a powerful parable at a time that white people in the U.S seem to think that they are a persecuted minority Amazing to see how people can remain blind to privilege.I ve seen it as a textbook in many college classes, and IMHO it should be required reading.


  29. Set in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising, this book tells the story of the war and colonialism s effect on a young man, his family and his people Very glad I was assigned to read this in college or I may never have picked it up.


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