• In his crowded career and his eventful life, Ngugi has enacted, for all to see, the paradigmatic trials and quandaries of a contemporary African writer caught in sometimes implacable political, social, racial, and linguistic currents

    John Updike, The New Yorker
  • Delicate, fresh and scrupulously honest...calm and mature

  • Moving, honest and informative, this is a book about the influence of stories, storytelling and storytellers. It is a reminder that every generation, however beleaguered, can dream to change the world

  • The work he offers us here is like nothing that's gone before: it is the chronicle of a child's single-minded pursuit of an education.... The picture of Kenya that he presents is admirably free of cant or sentimentality, and yet it is enough to make you weep

    Washington Post
  • Ngugi has returned to his roots to produce something delicate, fresh and scrupulously honest

    Michela Wrong, The Spectator

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