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Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir

wa'Thiong'o, Ngugi

Verlag: Pantheon, 2010
ISBN 10: 0307378837 / ISBN 13: 9780307378835
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Titel: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir

Verlag: Pantheon

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A testament to the resilience of youth and the strength of hope. . . . Vividly evokes the colonial era as experienced by Africans, and the resulting clash of cultures that produced one of the most significant African writers of our time. . . . Ngugis greatest literary achievement in this book is to re-create, with almost uncanny success, how the world looked through mid-century African eyes. - The Boston Globe Eye-opening. . . . The work Ngugi offers us here is like nothing thats gone before. . . . There is a startling similarity between [Barack Obamas Dreams From My Father ] and . . . Ngugis eye-opening memoir. . . . It is admirably free of cant or sentimentality, and yet it is enough to make you weep. - The Washington Post Startling, vivid. . . . Inspiring. . . . Whether recalling joyful or challenging times, Ngugi displays a plainspoken yet beautiful prose style. . . . Ngugis inspiring story is a testament to his extraordinary resilience and stubborn refusal to surrender his dreams. - Christian Science Monitor Absorbing. . . . Infused with a childs curiosity and wonder, this book is deeply touching in its revelation of a whole communitys stake in nurturing a writer. - The Guardian (London) Gives its readers an unforgettable sense of another time, a country and a continent in the middle of change. A small child learns to hold onto his dreams, even in a time of war. - Los Angeles Times Luminously evokes Kenya on the cusp of independence. . . . [This] memoir is suffused with affecting evocations of time and place, as well as a touching reminder that dreams can come true. - Richmond Times Dispatch Ngugi has been a key figure in Kenyas modern history, both as a writer and as a model for political engagement, and his three-volume memoir will serve as an important record of the country and the life. - Irish Times Crisp, clearly told. . . . A fascinating look at twentieth-century African history, but also a moving intellectual odyssey in which Ngugi learns to revere both modernity and tradition but to reserve a healthy skepticism of both. - Booklist Ngugi has returned to his roots to produce something delicate, fresh and scrupulously honest. - The Spectator Richly drawn. . . . A coming-of-age tale, gripping, endearing, shocking and funny by turns. . . . The surprise about Dreams in a Time of War is that, for all the provocation of history, and for all its clear-eyed evocation of an agonised time, it is not an angry book. . . . Ngugis storytellers instinct for character and place, for recurring motifs and telling symbols, triumphs over the bleakness of background. - The Scotsman From the Trade Paperback edition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0307378837

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Inhaltsangabe: By the world-renowned novelist, playwright, critic, and author of Wizard of the Crow, an evocative and affecting memoir of childhood.
Ngugi wa Thiong?o was born in 1938 in rural Kenya to a father whose four wives bore him more than a score of children. The man who would become one of Africa?s leading writers was the fifth child of the third wife. Even as World War II affected the lives of Africans under British colonial rule in particularly unexpected ways, Ngugi spent his childhood as very much the apple of his mother?s eye before attending school to slake what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning.
In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngugi deftly etches a bygone era, capturing the landscape, the people, and their culture; the social and political vicissitudes of life under colonialism and war; and the troubled relationship between an emerging Christianized middle class and the rural poor. And he shows how the Mau Mau armed struggle for Kenya?s independence against the British informed not only his own life but also the lives of those closest to him.
Dreams in a Time of War speaks to the human right to dream even in the worst of times. It abounds in delicate and powerful subtleties and complexities that are movingly told.

Über den Autor: Ngugi wa Thiong?o is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His books include Wizard of the Crow, Petals of Blood, Devil on the Cross, and Decolonising the Mind.

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