Ngugi wa Thiong’o published this immense book in 2006, The Wizard of the Crow: almost 800 pages of political satire in a fictional African country. Beachlover over at Shelfari has posted a reading schedule to help people get through it, and there will be an ongoing on-line discussion of the book there as well. Read this bit from Aminatta Forna’s review of the book in the Washington Post:
Wizard of the Crow is first and foremost a great, spellbinding tale, probably the crowning glory of Ngugi’s life’s work. He has done for East Africa what Ahmadou Kourouma’s Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote did for West Africa: He has turned the power of storytelling into a weapon against totalitarianism.
Last year I read Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood and thought highly of it. Some years ago I also read his The River Between and enjoyed it but not quite as much. Time for the masterwork!
5 thoughts on “on-line book schedule and discussion for Thiong’o’s The Wizard of the Crow, coming soon”
Thanks for posting this! I might try to get a copy and participate in the discussion!
I’m totally excited to do it as well. Glad it’s useful!
Nice way of expressing things.
I’m in! Ordered my copy used from Amazon this morning. They have it at my library, but I think three weeks is a little ambitious.
This is Amanda from Shelfari. Thanks for mentioning your discussion group on your blog. We have groups for all types of authors, genres and topics. Come and check us out: http://www.shelfari.com.