The River Between, Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Explores life on the Makuyu and Kameno ridges of Kenya in the early days of white settlement. Faced with an alluring, new religion and "magical" customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it.
About the author
Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938, was educated at the Alliance High School, Kikuyu, at Makerere University, Uganda and at the University of Leeds.
His novel,Weep Not, Child, was published in 1964 and this was followed byThe River Between(1965),A Grain of Wheat(1967), andPetals of Blood(1977).Devil on the Cross(1980), was conceived and written during the author's one-year detention in prison, in Kenya, where he was held without trial after the performance by peasants and workers of his playNgaahika Ndeenda(I Will Marry When I Want). This was his first work to be published in his own language, Gikutu, and then translated into English and many other languages. His novelMatigari, was published in Gikuyu in Kenya in 1986.
The author has also written collections of short stories, plays and numerous essays. Ngugi is an active campaigner for the African language and form, and he writes, travels and lectures extensively on this theme. His work is known throughout the world and has made powerful impact both at home and overseas.
Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o
ISBN 0435905481, 9780435905484