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Dreams in a Time of War

(2010)
A Childhood Memoir
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Ngũgĩ was born in 1938 in rural Kenya to a father whose four wives bore him more than a score of children. The man who would become one of Africa's leading writers was the fifth child of the third wife. Even as World War II affected the lives of Africans under British colonial rule in particularly unexpected ways, Ngũgĩ spent his childhood very much the apple of his mother's eye before attending school to slake what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning.

In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngũgĩ deftly etches a bygone era, capturing the landscape, the people and their culture, the social and political vicissitudes of life under colonialism and war, and the troubled relationship between an emerging Christianized middle class and the rural poor. And he shows how the Mau Mau armed struggle for Kenya's independence against the British informed not only his own life but also the lives of those closest to him.

Dreams in a Time of War speaks to the human right to dream even in the most adverse conditions. It abounds in delicate and powerful subtleties and complexities that are movingly told.



Praise for this book

"In his crowded career and his eventful life, Ngũgĩ 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


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Title: Dreams in a Time of War
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Title: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir
Author(s): Ngugi wa'Thiong'o
ISBN: 0-307-37883-7 / 978-0-307-37883-5 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir
Author(s): Ngugi wa Thiong'o
ISBN: 0-307-47621-9 / 978-1-84655-377-6 (USA edition)
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March 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dreams in a Time of War
Author(s): Ngugi wa Thiong'o
ISBN: 0-09-954852-6 / 978-0-09-954852-2 (UK edition)
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February 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir
Author(s): Ngugi wa'Thiong'o
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Title: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir
Author(s): Ngugi wa'Thiong'o
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Title: Dreams in a Time of War
Author(s): Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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Title: Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir
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