DREAMS IN A TIME OF WAR by Ngūgī Wa Thiong'o
In Dreams in a Time of War, Ngūgī deftly etched 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.
Born in 1938 in rural Kenya, Ngūgi4 wa Thiong'o came of age in the shadow of World War II, amidst the terrible bloodshed in the war between Mau Mau and the British. The son of a man whose four wives bore him more than a score of children, young Ngūgī displayed what was then considered a bizarre thirst for learning, yet it was unimaginable that he would grow to became a world-renowned, playwright, and critic.