Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o
A Childhood Memoir

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Born in 1938 in rural Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o came of age in the shadow of World War II, amidst the terrible bloodshed in the war between the Mau Mau and the British. The son of a man whose four wives bore him more than a score of children, young Ngũgĩ displayed what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning, yet it was unimaginable that he would grow up to become a world-renowned novelist, playwright, and critic.
 
In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngũgĩ deftly etches a bygone era, bearing witness to the social and political vicissitudes of life under colonialism and war. Speaking to the human right to dream even in the worst of times, this rich memoir of an African childhood abounds in delicate and powerful subtleties and complexities that are movingly told.




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About Ngugi wa'Thiong'o

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has taught at Nairobi University, Northwestern University, Amherst College, Yale University, and New York University. He is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His many books include Wizard of the Crow, Dreams in a Time of War, Devil on the Cross, Decolonising the Mind, and Petals of Blood, for which he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in 1977.
 
Published March 2, 2010 by Anchor. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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His book opens in 1954, with hunger: “I had not had lunch that day,” he writes, “and my tummy had forgotten the porridge I had gobbled that morning before the six-mile run to…school.” When the other children unwrapped their lunches or went home for a midday meal, the author retreated into the sha...

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The early novels of Ngugi wa Thiong'o were revolutionary in depicting the terror of the 1950s state of emergency in colonial Kenya through the eyes of Kenyan civilians.

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The Telegraph

When Ngu'gı' reflects on his own response, he writes: “A human normalises the unusual in order to survive.” Storytelling is a way of doing this and Ngu'gı' uses all the tricks he learnt by the fireside to share his truths.

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Christian Science Monitor

The title of this evocative memoir, by the internationally acclaimed novelist and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong’o, comes from a pact he once made with his mother – to continue dreaming even in a time of war.

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The Bookbag

His own industrious mother heads up the ministry for works while the quietest wife, Gacoki is the minister for peace and Wangari, the first wife and an expert story teller fills the role of minister for culture.

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Scotsman.com

"The difference between Ngugi and myself," he notes, "is while Ngugi now believes it is either/or, I have always thought it was both."

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Boomtron

Dreams in a Time of War (a Childhood Memoir) by world-renowned novelist, playwright, critic, and author of Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, is an evocative and affecting memoir of childhood that relates those year of the author’s life.

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