Reviews

  • "Growing up in Kenya in the 1950s, the future novelist went to an elite school run by a Briton just as the Mau Mau uprising swept his family into the revolt against colonial rule. This powerful memoir depicts a youth torn between these separate worlds"

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  • "This is a book about a young boy’s fear, not just of letting his mother down or failing to fulfill his potential, but some of the worst political violence that Africa endured in the colonial period"

    Tim Butcher, Mail on Sunday
  • "No writer alive today has more complex experience to draw upon or greater resource to convey it"

    Brian Morton, Glasgow Herald
  • "The only thing more amazing than identifying the themes of your life is using them to create deceptively simple literature about it. Such labor is child’s play for the Kenyan novelist and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o... [With] echoes of Barack Obama’s own Dreams... [Thiong’o] easily keeps the balance between the whimsical, political, spiritual and personal"

    Todd Steven Burroughs, Ebony
  • "Eloquently telegraphs the complicated experience of being simultaneously oppressed and enlightened at the hands of a colonial regime"

    New York Times Book Review