"He thought about the wedding gift, a stool carved from Muiri wood. I'll change the woman's figure. I shall curve a woman big- big with child": First Edition of A Grain of Wheat; Lengthily Inscribed by Ngugi
A Grain of Wheat.
Item Number: 48789
London: William Heinemann, 1967.
First edition of the author’s magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author on the title page signed twice, “To Matthew In appreciation Peace, blessings! Ngugi wa Thiong’o “He thought about the wedding gift, a stool carved from Muiri wood. I’ll change the woman’s figure. I shall curve a woman big- big with child” NW Thiong’o 17th March 08 Irvine.” Name to the front free endpaper, near fine in a very good dust jacket.
Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 19521960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.