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Weep Not, Child (African Writers Series, AWS7)

A powerful, moving story that details the effects of the infamous Mau Mau war, the African nationalist revolt against colonial oppression in Kenya, on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular. Two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a rubbish heap and look into their futures. Njoroge is excited; his family has decided that he will attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. Together they will serve their country – the teacher and the craftsman.

But this is Kenya and the times are against them. In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie. For the practical Kamau the choice is simple, but for Njoroge the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up.

AG’s Book Adventures

#BookReview: Weep Not Child
#Author: Ngugi wa Thiong’o 🇰🇪
Type of work (Genre): Fiction
Number of pages: 134
Own or Borrowed: Own (purchased from a bookshop in Thika, Kenya)
#ReadIt: at hotel and airport

#OverallImpressions: This was a good read. The tale itself was tragic. I liked that it wasn’t very predictable. I loved how it tackled a delicate issue like land ownership in Kenya in the moments leading up to the postcolonial era from the different perspectives at play. I’m not sure I enjoyed it the way I expected to based on commentary from friends but I loved reading this book all the same and look forward to reading more by Ngugi.

#SomethingThatStoodOut: I absolutely loved that he incorporated words from his language, Gikuyu. This is something I wish more African writers do so I’m always excited to see it happen on the pages of books I read.

#OverallRating:🖋🖋🖋🖋 (out of 5 fountain pens).

Recommend or nah: I definitely recommend it. It’s a classic piece of literature worth reading.

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Weight 0.3 kg

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