Reviews

  • One of the greatest writers of our time

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Unfolding in wry and lyrical verse, The Perfect Nine tells a Homeric odyssey of the creation of the entire Gikuyu people-a creationist myth, an adventure tale, and a family story, wherein the wives do not simply wait at home.

    Literary Hub
  • [The Perfect Nine] departs from the sprawl of his past novels into an engaging if slight lyrical epic. Combining Homeric verse with oral storytelling tropes-choruses, chants, songs-he retells the origin myth of the Gikuyu, Kenya's largest tribe. . . . Thiong'o's fans will appreciate this.

    Publishers Weekly
  • 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
  • A visionary writer

    Financial Times
  • In his crowded career and 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

    Daily Telegraph
  • Seldom have the raw truths of Africa been exposed so vividly, yet humorously. . . With tales that tease, then bite, [Ngugi] tackles the absurdities, injustices and corruption of a continent

    Delia Owens, author of WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING on MINUTES OF GLORY, New York Times Book Review
  • A vivid, exhilarating tale with a surprisingly modern philosophy that emphasises the importance of tolerance, feminism and respect for the environment

    Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday
  • A beautiful work that not only refuses distinctions between "high art" and traditional storytelling, but supplies that all-too rare human necessity: the sense that life has meaning

    Fiona Sampson, Guardian
  • As pacy and addictive as it is measured. Thick with allegory and adventure...this is a beautifully told epic about the fundamentals of humanity

    New Statesman

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