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The novel also features flashbacks of the past. Mugo , an introverted villager of Thabai, does not want to give a speech at Uhuru, even though town elders ask him to.

He is restless and can achieve no peace in the village. Those planning Uhuru want to honor him. Most people, including General R. They plan on executing him at Uhuru. Mugo was not the only man from Thabai who spent time in detention camp. Gikonyo , a well-respected businessman and former carpenter, was also taken to a camp.

Before the camp he was very much in love with his beautiful wife Mumbi , the sister of Kihika. He had won her love even though many, including Karanja, a friend of Kihika, sought her love as well.

He dreamt of her while he was away, and was horrified to find out that Mumbi had borne a child by Karanja while he was gone those years. He does not believe they can ever repair their relationship, and he throws himself into his work.

He tries to cultivate the approval of the DO, Roger Thompson, who is stationed there with his wife Margery. Thompson was once destined for an illustrious career, but it was derailed by a hunger strike and violence at Rira, the camp where Mugo was. Now Thompson is at Githima, but is preparing to return to Britain because he does not want to be around when whites are no longer in charge. Karanja did not join the freedom movement but rather started to work for the whiteman, first joining the homeguard and then becoming Chief during the Emergency.

This incurred a lot of resentment from people; however, Karanja was simply looking out for himself. Mumbi, distressed that her husband no longer loves her, comes to see Mugo. She confides in him the story of how she and Gikonyo fell in love, and how sad she was when he was away in camp. She begs Mugo to come to Uhuru; on a second visit to him, she begs him again.

Mugo becomes violent and says he betrayed Kihika. Mumbi is shocked, but she does not want any more blood shed for her brother.

Uhuru arrives, the day first rainy and then sunny. People are joyful and all of them want to see Mugo, even though he has said he is not coming. There are games and speeches. They stumble, though, and Gikonyo breaks his arm and has to go to the hospital. General R. Mugo comes out of the crowd and says it is he who did it; he feels a sense of freedom at first, quickly followed by terror. No one accosts him, and the confused crowd parts and lets him go.

Later, General R. Mugo makes peace with this, deciding he will accept his punishment. Karanja heads back to Githima. He is unhappy and considers killing himself in front of a train.

Ultimately, he decides against this. Gikonyo wakes in the hospital and finds himself ready to make amends with Mumbi. When she visits him, he tells her he is ready to speak of the child he has assiduously ignored since he came back. She tells him it must wait until they can have a serious and heartfelt discussion of their wants and needs. He is happy, and plans to carve a stool featuring an image of a pregnant Mumbi. Explain the characteristics of prose according to Grain of wheat?

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A Grain of Wheat Summary

A masterly story of myth, rebellion, love, friendship and betrayal from one of Africa's great writers, Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat includes an introduction by Abdulrazak Gurnah, author of By the Sea , in Penguin Modern Classics. It is and Kenya is on the verge of Uhuru - Independence Day. The mighty british government has been toppled, and in the lull between the fighting and the new world, colonized and colonizer alike reflect on what they have gained and lost. In the village of Thabai, the men and women who live there have been transformed irrevocably by the uprising. Kihika, legendary rebel leader, was fatally betrayed to the whiteman. Gikonyo's marriage to the beautiful Mumbi was destroyed when he was imprisoned, while her life has been shattered in other ways. And Mugo, brave survivor of the camps and now a village hero, harbours a terrible secret.


A Grain of Wheat

In the village of Thabai, a man named Mugo desires to live a solitary life now that he has been released from the detention camps. The Movement seems pervasive throughout rural Kenya. Although no one is sure exactly when or how it began, it is generally assumed that it formed shortly after the first white missionaries arrived from England, who slowly and deceitfully gathered power and land for themselves before making way for British soldiers and administrators. Mugo has only had one interaction with the Movement, at a meeting where he heard Kihika , the revolutionary leader, speak as a young man. Representatives from the Party and prominent members of the village—a shopkeeper named Gikonyo , and two village elders who devoted their entire lives to the Movement, Warui and Wambui —ask Mugo to lead their independence celebration in a few days and become a village Chief, since everyone knows that Mugo helped Kihika hide from the colonial soldiers after he assassinated a colonial District Officer. Koina , have discovered that Kihika was betrayed to his death, and hope to reveal the culprit during the independence celebration and bring the traitor to justice.


It was written while he was studying at Leeds University [1] and first published in by Heinemann. The title is taken from the Gospel According to St. John, The novel weaves together several stories set during the state of emergency in Kenya's struggle for independence —59 , focusing on the quiet Mugo, whose life is ruled by a dark secret. The plot revolves around his home village's preparations for Kenya's independence day celebration, Uhuru day.



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