Dismissed entirely is the idea of staying out of it. I found the book very dense reading at first, there so many African names introduced, also the style of writing with many flashback is challenging, but before page 100 I was sailing along and could hardly put the book down. It is a skillful blend of humor, irony, emotion, drama, politics and theory. Through Wanja he explores the dubiousness of morality , through Munira he denounces the hypocrisy of religion, through Karera he chides the shallowness of a British-modeled education system , through Abdullah he exposes the futility and disillusionment of war. I wish it were done in a more engrossing way. The investigation leads us to a journey into the past ; the past of not just the prime accused Karera and Munira but also the victims Kimeria , Chui , Mzigo and the past of Africa itself.
First published in 1977, this novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government. One of the leading African writers and scholars at work today, he is the author of many novels, short stories, essays, a memoir, and several plays, and recipient of numerous high honors. Ngugi tells not only the story of Kenya but that of Africa and other colonised peoples worldwide. Not as good as Wizard of the Crow but on par with A River Between. A deceptively simple tale, Petals of Bloodis on the surface a suspenseful investigation of a spectacular triple murder in upcountry Kenya. I expect he'll get the Nobel Prize sooner or later. It was hard for me to keep the characters straight and the tone of the book was totally depressing.
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. His incarceration was so shocking that newspapers around the world called attention to the case, and protests were raised by human-rights groups, scholars, and writers, including James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Donald Barthelme, Harold Pinter, and Margaret Drabble. Currently he is Distinguished Professor in the School of Humanities and director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine. There are many layers to this novel, it is a book about Africa, about the world history of black people in general, globalization, colonialism, and a murder mystery as well, the arsonist responsible for the triple murder is revealed to us by the end. Very well written book, but the story is hard to follow for me. Customer service is our top priority!. He doesn't recommend specific action steps other than to follow the teachings of Lenin and Mao and the examples of Cuba, Angola, Mozambique, Egypt, and other socialist states.
When the modern world forces itself into the Ilmorog, each of the town's inhabitants must face it in its own way. With the school bias, I would rate it a 3, but I know it would be better if I had the time to really relate to the topics. I see the four main characters as symbols of the four post-colonial African peasant archetypes. The puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this fervent, hard-hitting novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya. A deceptively simple tale, Petals of Blood is on the surface a suspenseful investigation of a spectacular triple murder in upcountry Kenya. A deceptively simple tale, Petals of Blood is on the surface a suspenseful investigation of a spectacular triple murder in upcountry Kenya. African language for African people.
The story flashes back to fill us in. Yet as the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time. A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. I'm sad to say it took me 5 months to do that. Banned in South Africa after its original 1959 publication for its protest against apartheid, Down Second Avenue is a foundational work of literature that continues to inspire activists today.
Moses Isegawa was born in Uganda and is the author of the novels Abyssinian Chronicles and Snakepit. Best book I've read in several years, even though it took me a while to get into it - largely because it's not a book about Kenya by a westerner written for westerners; it's written for Kenyans by their greatest author. The main characters each come to terms with the harsh disappointments of modern Kenya, a place that, in Ngugi's depiction, is dominated by corrupt businessmen and politicians who have quickly and conveniently forgotten the high ideals of the revolt they waged to expel the British. His incarceration was so shocking that newspapers around the world called attention to the case, and protests were raised by human-rights groups, scholars, and writers, including James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Donald Barthelme, Harold Pinter, and Margaret Drabble. This book is a rich treasure chest, each page holds jewels! The story is about the struggle against the European colonial power, and after achieving that success, things going sour. This 1977 book was the choice of my international reading group at my local bookstore. Ngugi probably intends Ilmorog's transformation as both a metaphor for and a microcosm of the moral decline of Kenya from the high hopes of post-independence to the business-as-usual corruption and thuggery of a generation later.
Its four lead characters - weak schoolteacher Munira, activist Karega, shopkeeper and donkey aficionado Abdulla, and the woman they're all in love with, Wanja - are archetypical. Yet as the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time. About this Item: Penguin Publishing Group. It never really drew me in. First published in 1977, this novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government.
Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Petals of Blood opens with the arrest of Godfrey Munira, a schoolteacher, as a suspect in the murder of three African brewery executives in the Kenyan town of Ilmorog. About this Item: Penguin Classics, 2005. Schools tend to take literature and beat them senseless until they spit out nothing but their guts. He is sent to the village of Ilmorog, where he crosses paths with Wanja, a beautiful bargirl come to live with her grandmother; Abdullah, a former freedom fighter who now runs a small shop and bar; and later Karega, a former student expelled from a prestigious secondary school for participating in a strike, then reduced to selling petty wares to tourists.
Not for me Petals of Blood is a jarring and unsettling portrayal of life in post-colonial Kenya. . This book dissects a lot of complex political formations; from colonialism, capitalism, to it's final stage, neocolonialism, as well as his message of Pan-Africanism. Nevertheless, in a conscious effort to fight back humiliation and the intended degradation of the spirit, Ngũgĩ—the internationally acclaimed author of Weep Not, Child; Petals of Blood; and Wizard of the Crow, a perennial Nobel Prize favorite—decided to write a novel on toilet paper, the only paper to which he had access. The change or development has only benefitted few, and for many in small towns like the one in book, at least one thing they had before—their identity—they have lost that too. Ngugi is one of the lesser known authors who by rights should be at the top of every best-selling list as his books are so totally absorbing and easy to read without being at all 'simple'. I apologize for any grammar mistakes in my review, I have never had a good time in english.