Reviews

  • I particularly loved [Birth of A Dream Weaver]… Exquisite in its honesty and truth and resilience, and a necessary chronicle from one of the greatest writers of our time.

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Guardian, Book of the Year
  • The book tracks the blossoming of a politically conscious young writer’s talent in the nurturing environment that was Makerere in its prime. Egged on by fellow students, encouraged by the progressive dean Hugh Dinwiddy and offered tips by a visiting Chinua Achebe, Ngugi finds his creative voice just as a continent is finding its freedom. The convictions he forms will last a lifetime: the quest for African dignity and self-realization, a rejection of Western hegemony, a passionate call for Africans to tell their own story in their own indigenous languages.

    Michela Wrong, New York Times
  • Ngugi has written an autobiographical masterpiece... a riveting read in African history and literature

    Library Journal, STARRED review
  • Ngugi wa Thiong’o recalls his upbringing in colonial Kenya... Mr Ngugi’s unstated goal throughout this book is reclamation...of much of the colonial endeavour in east Africa.

    Economist
  • A tremendous writer... It's hard to doubt the power of the written word when you hear the story of Ngugi wa Thiong’o

    Guardian

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