Wizard of the Crow

Paperback, 784 pages

English language

Published Aug. 28, 2007 by Anchor.

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5 stars (5 reviews)

From the exiled Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet, and literary critic--a magisterial comic novel that is certain to take its place as a landmark of postcolonial African literature.In exile now for more than twenty years, Ngugl wa Thiong'o has become one of the most widely read African writers of our time, the power and scope of his work garnering him international attention and praise. His aim in Wizard of the Crow is, in his own words,nothing less than "to sum up Africa of the twentieth century in the context of two thousand years of world history."Commencing in "our times" and set in the "Free Republic of Aburlria," the novel dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburlrian people. Among the contenders: His High Mighty Excellency; the eponymous Wizard, an avatar of folklore and wisdom; the corrupt Christian Ministry; and the nefarious …

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I can not recommend this book highly enough. I couldn't put it down, and I loved every minute of it. You should read it.

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  • African Novel And Short Story
  • Fiction
  • Fiction - General
  • Literary
  • Fiction / Literary