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Dreams in a time of war: a childhood memoir

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Born in 1938 in rural Kenya, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o came of age in the shadow of World War II, amidst the terrible bloodshed in the war between the Mau Mau and the British. The son of a man whose four wives bore him more than a score of children, young Ngũgĩ displayed what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning, yet it was unimaginable that he would grow up to become a world-renowned novelist, playwright, and critic.

In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngũgĩ deftly etches a bygone era, bearing witness to the social and political vicissitudes of life under colonialism and war. Speaking to the human right to dream even in the worst of times, this rich memoir of an African childhood abounds in delicate and powerful subtleties and complexities that are movingly told.



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In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngũgĩ deftly etches a bygone era, bearing witness to the social and political vicissitudes of life under colonialism and war. Speaking to the human right to dream even in the worst of times, this rich memoir of an African childhood abounds in delicate and powerful subtleties and complexities that are movingly told.



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subject_facetAuthors, Kenyan -- 20th century -- Biography
Kenya -- Colonial influence
Kenya -- History -- 1895-1963 -- Biography
Kenya -- History -- Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-1960 -- Personal narratives, Kenyan
Kenya -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Kikuyu (African people) -- Biography
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, -- 1938- -- Childhood and youth
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, -- 1938- -- Family
World War, 1939-1945 -- Kenya
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Kenyan
title_displayDreams in a time of war : a childhood memoir
title_fullDreams in a Time of War A Childhood Memoir
Dreams in a time of war : a childhood memoir / Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
title_shortDreams in a time of war
title_suba childhood memoir
topic_facetAuthors, Kenyan
Biography & Autobiography
Childhood and youth
Colonial influence
Family
History
Kikuyu (African people)
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
Nonfiction
Politics
Social conditions
World War, 1939-1945