In the House of the Interpreter

In the House of the Interpreter

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o / Jun 26, 2019

In the House of the Interpreter With black and white illustrations throughoutWorld renowned Kenyan novelist poet playwright and literary critic Ngug wa Thiong o gives us the second volume of his memoirs in the wake of his critica

  • Title: In the House of the Interpreter
  • Author: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  • ISBN: 9780307907691
  • Page: 359
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With black and white illustrations throughoutWorld renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic Ngug wa Thiong o gives us the second volume of his memoirs in the wake of his critically acclaimed Dreams in a Time of War In the House of the Interpreter richly and poignantly evokes the author s life and times at boarding school the first secondary educatiWith black and white illustrations throughoutWorld renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic Ng ug wa Thiong o gives us the second volume of his memoirs in the wake of his critically acclaimed Dreams in a Time of War In the House of the Interpreter richly and poignantly evokes the author s life and times at boarding school the first secondary educational institution in British ruled Kenya in the 1950s, against the backdrop of the tumultuous Mau Mau Uprising for independence and Kenyan sovereignty While Ng ug has been enjoying scouting trips, chess tournaments, and reading about the fictional RAF pilot adventurer Biggles at the prestigious Alliance High School near Nairobi, things have been changing rapidly at home Poised as he is between two worlds, Ng ug returns home for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed and the entire village moved up the road, closer to a guard checkpoint Later, his brother Good Wallace, a member of the insurgency, is captured by the British and taken to a concentration camp As for Ng ug himself, he falls victim to the forces of colonialism in the person of a police officer encountered on a bus journey, and he is thrown into jail for six days In his second year at Alliance High School, the boarding school that was his haven in a heartless world is shattered by investigations, charges of disloyalty, and the politics of civil unrest In the House of the Interpreter hauntingly describes the formative experiences of a young man who would become a world class writer and, as a political dissident, a moral compass to us all It is a winning celebration of the implacable determination of youth and the power of hope.

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      • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

        Kenyan teacher, novelist, essayist, and playwright, whose works function as an important link between the pioneers of African writing and the younger generation of postcolonial writers After imprisonment in 1978, Ng g abandoned using English as the primary language of his work in favor of Gikuyu, his native tongue The transition from colonialism to postcoloniality and the crisis of modernity has been a central issues in a great deal of Ng g s writings Ng g wa Thiong o was born in Kamiriithu, near Limuru, Kiambu District, as the fifth child of the third of his father s four wives At that time Kenya was under British rule, which ended in 1963 Ng g s family belonged to the Kenya s largest ethnic group, the Gikuyu His father, Thiong o wa Nducu, was a peasant farmer, who was forced to become a squatter after the British Imperial Act of 1915 Ng g attended the mission run school at Kamaandura in Limuru, Karinga school in Maanguu, and Alliance High School in Kikuyu During these years Ng g became a devout Christian However, at school he also learned about the Gikuyu values and history and underwent the Gikuyu rite of passage ceremony Later he rejected Christianity, and changed his original name in 1976 from James Ng g , which he saw as a sign of colonialism, to Ng g wa Thiong o in honor of his Gikuyu heritage After receiving a B.A in English at Makerere University College in Kampala Uganda in 1963, Ng g worked briefly as a journalist in Nairobi He married in 1961 Over the next seventeen years his wife, Nyambura, gave birth to six children In 1962 Ng g s play THE BLACK HERMIT was produced in Kampala In 1964 he left for England to pursue graduate studies at the Leeds University in England.The most prominent theme in Ng g s early work was the conflict between the individual and the community As a novelist Ng g made his debut with WEEP NOT, CHILD 1964 , which he started to write while he was at school in England It was the first novel in English to be published by an East African author Ng g used the Bildungsroman form to tell the story of a young man, Njoroge He loses his opportunity for further education when he is caught between idealistic dreams and the violent reality of the colonial exploitation THE RIVER BETWEEN 1965 had as its background the Mau Mau Rebellion 1952 1956 The story was set in the late 1920s and 1930s and depicted an unhappy love affair in a rural community divided between Christian converts and non Christians A GRAIN OF WHEAT 1967 marked Ng g s break with cultural nationalism and his embracing of Fanonist Marxism Ng g refers in the title to the biblical theme of self sacrifice, a part of the new birth unless a grain of wheat die The allegorical story of one man s mistaken heroism and a search for the betrayer of a Mau Mau leader is set in a village, which has been destroyed in the war The author s family was involved in the Mau Mau uprising Ng g s older brother had joined the movement, his stepbrother was killed, and his mother was arrested and tortured Ng g s village suffered in a campaign.In the 1960s Ng g was a reporter for the Nairobi Daily Nation and editor of Zuka from 1965 to 1970 He worked as a lecturer at several universities at the University College in Nairobi 1967 69 , at the Makerere University in Kampala 1969 70 , and at the Northwestern University in Evanston in the United States 1970 71 Ng g had resigned from his post at Nairobi University as a protest against government interference in the university, be he joined the faculty in 1973, becoming an associate professor and chairman of the department of literature It had been formed in response to his and his colleagues criticism of English the British government had made in the 1950s instruction in English mandatory Ng g had asked in an article, written with Taban lo Liyong and Henry Owuor Anyumba, If there is need for a s


    124 Comments

    1. Lovely read. I liked that it was for the most part set in my Alma Mater, and the authors views and perspectives of the outside world from Alliance High School, repeatedly referred to as the "sanctuary" in the book. As a fan of of Ngugi, i was treated to an insight into his formative years (intellectually)which has deepened my understanding of his works. Highly recommend it. Best read and appreciated after reading the prequel, dreams in a time of war.


    2. Στο δεύτερο μέρος της αυτοβιογραφικής τριλογίας του, o Thiong'o πιάνει το νήμα εκεί που το άφησε το Dreams In A Time of War, όταν ξεκινάει δηλαδή το τελευταίο σκέλος της σχολικής του εκπαίδευσης. Μακριά πια απ'το χωριό, ο Κενυάτης πιτσιρικάς νιώθει ότι το σχολείο του είναι το φρούριο που θ [...]


    3. This book buttonholed me and drew me into its world. I could not put it down until I'd finished it. Oh, well, I had to put it down to work and cook and eat and shower, but other than that it demanded my undivided reader's attention. The title is drawn from The Pilgrim's Progress and the book is a memoir, but also a parable, of Kenya in the 195os. It made an interesting contrast to Out in the Midday Sun, which told the same events from a white colonial's point of view--meaning two totally differe [...]


    4. I picked this up as a reader for the Arts Club of Washington's Marfield Prize. It was a very, very enjoyable read. I thought that I understood the dynamics of the colonial time, but gained more insights than I thought was possible.


    5. Flows with the gentle irresistible power of a river, and as many eddies and layers of cool, warm and hot. What a wonderful Christmas present to receive the second volume of this great writer's memoirs, following on from Dreams in a Time of War. As always the personal is political: through Ngugi's high school years I got so much insight into what was happening in Kenya around the time I was born. The personal is also personal: the book is full of sweet stories of what it is to be a schoolboy - an [...]


    6. The latest book by Ngũgĩ picks up his life story where his childood memoir, Dreams in a Time of War, left off. It is April 1955, and the Kenyan Emergency, also known as the Mau Mau Uprising, is raging throughout the country. The Mau Mau, a group of Kikuyu freedom fighters, are at war with the colonial British government in an effort to achieve independence, after repeated cries to address grievances against their people were systematically ignored. The Mau Mau specialize in lightning quick str [...]


    7. Moving memoir. Makes one appreciate being born in the U.S. Between colonialism and guerrilla war fare, the citizens of Kenya are constantly fighting to be heard and to be free. Ngugi catalogs his high school journey at the prestigous Alliance Academy. He was one of the fortunate ones chosen to further their education. During the four years he was away at school, his village was razed and his brother and mother imprisoned. A wonderful coming-of-age story both courageous and heartbreaking. I am so [...]


    8. Captures the contradictions and complexities of education under the colonial system. Enjoyable throughout, but has an exceptionally gripping conclusion.



    9. Ngugi is one of the African authors' names that are whispered in reverence, shouted with pride and revered in one's own soul. "This is OUR best." "This is OUR voice on the world's stage." "This is OUR story." This book gifted me with the visual and texture of colonialism in Kenya. I loved all the contradictions and sharing the experience of an individual recognizing and navigating through them. Now I want to here about this time and place from an Acrossian's perspective.



    10. I revere Ngugi wa Thingo'o! His memoir of his time spent at a British colonial high school in Kenya depicted the "coming of age" of a boy turned man, braving the pull between learning about the history of Africa from an "imperialistic point of view" and the confusing realities beyond the walls of Alliance, where the hounds wait to arrest or publicly hang the rebels of colonialism. When Ngugi visits his home for the first time outside of his revered boarding school, his eyes cannot believe that h [...]


    11. I remember the gut wrenching feeling I had when Dreams in a Time of War ended with Ngugi nearly not able to go off to schoold then In the House of the Interpreter. It seems he is writing his memoir in stages. And this was as good as Dreams. Covering the 4 years he spends in Alliance High School, he talks about the schooll and its history while showing the country in a more tenuous time: the colonial government desperate to end the Mau Mau war and employing villagisation to isolate the freedom fi [...]


    12. The author writes about his years at Alliance High School in Kenya. The writing is very good, with fairly interesting anecdotes and vignettes of Kenyan society, youth, and evangelism.The last few chapters, cover the author's return trip to his village after earning his first pay as a temporary teacher, and this is the part where I most related with the protagonist. He was arrested under the state of emergency and spent some time in jail. For me, the book is worth reading for these pages alone. O [...]


    13. Excerpt: [Someone reads] a passage from Pilgrim’s Progress in which Christian, while visiting the Interpreter’s house, is taken into a parlor full of dust. As the room is being swept, the flying dust almost chokes the onlookers. Then a woman sprinkles water on the floor and all is well: Then said Christian: What means this? The Interpreter answered: This parlor is the heart of a man that was never sanctified by the sweet grace of the gospel. The dust is his original sin and inward corruption [...]


    14. More travels with Ngugi growing up in Kenya, this time his high school experience - which ended on a very dramatic note that you might even call a cliffhanger. Now I have to wait and wait for his next book to find out what happened when he went off to college in Uganda! Kept learning, as I did with the previous volume of this memoir, about another country not so far away, not so long ago. I was struck in this book by what a difference good people, even with all their limitations, can make in pla [...]


    15. I probably would have grabbed the first of Ngugi's memoirs, Dreams in a Time of War, had I realized this was number 2, but I enjoyed it regardless. It is a compelling look at growing up during a major turning point in the history of Kenya and in Africa. He is especially good at making readers feel his dilemma - as a young Kenyan, he is equally committed to obtaining a decent education (which was run by the British) and in supporting his brother, who was fighting for the nationals. The pressures [...]


    16. Ngugi's second volume of his memoir. While "Dreams in a Time of War" carried us through primary school and Ngugi's Kikuyu rite of passage, this one carries us through his High School years at a top level boarding school and his passage to legal adulthood. With the Mau-Mau uprising and the State of Emergency still in the background, Ngugi attempts to live life as a "normal" high schooler, shielded from the "Imperial Reckoning" of the Colonial State by the walls of his boarding school.As usual, Ng [...]


    17. Quick read that gives alot of insights into what the life of a student was in 1950s Kenya. I particularly enjoy the stories of life at Alliance, the complexities of the characters, and the irony of some of the experiences e.g. kenyan students debating whether western education had done moreharm than good in English at an institution which is committed to providing western education. Othertopics such as the color of God, fear that pervaded the African experience in colonial Kenya, the rise Kenyan [...]


    18. Deeply immersed in reading about Kenya as we are going there in a month. The author is both a writer of fiction and memoirs, this latest of his high school days at the end of the Mau Mau rebellion and shortly before liberation from England. It's an account both of the political/social situation in the country and his intellectual, spiritual and emotional coming of age. Beautifully written, fascinating.


    19. While a fairly easy read as auto-bios go, there was just not a compelling enough narrative. The back and forth from village to school which dominates the first 2/3 was not stimulating. Ngugi's thoughts on religion were much more compelling, as was the dynamic of being a beneficiary of the system which his brother fought against and he later opposed. Captured the dualistic nature of colonialism pretty well, but not necessarily in an interesting way.


    20. Probably a more relevant read if one is familiar with Ngugi's body of work and story; probably a richer read if one has read his childhood memoir (I had plenty of opportunity to read his other works in the six months since I began this book in March and then left it unfinished on a plane, but stubbornly chose to stick to this, which I picked up on a whim at the library). Still, with very little context, a smoothly told and thought-provoking presentation of colonial Kenya.


    21. A bit less entertaining and touching than Dreams in a Time of War, this second volume of memoirs has a stronger political focus. Though I happen to relate very well to the post colonial paradigm, to which Thiong'o adheres more and more, I must say that I preferred the genuine, non-ideological storytelling of the child in the first volume. Nevertheless, it is a great story, which captivated me entirely with its depth and insights into the Kikuyu culture.


    22. Autobiographical piece about the author's years in high school at a boarding school in Kenya. He has a couple of scary run-ins with the horribly corrupt and cruel local government. Life is certainly precarious there. This is written like an essay, which makes it a bit tedious to read but his story is very interesting. I'm glad he made it and became an author.


    23. This installment of Ngugi's memoir covers 1955-59. These were his high school years, plus a harrowing tale of wrongful imprisonment. He's particularly good on the human nuances present even within the most polarized conflicts, in this case the Mau Maus and the British colonists and their compradors. He also recounts his involvement with evangelical Christianity, which I hadn't been aware of.


    24. A very intelligent insight into the complex interracial tensions in the 1950s Kenya, the tragedy of Mau Mau, and the struggle for independence and dignity of the blacks - all from a point of view of a curious and inquisitive boy who would become Kenya's perhaps most prominent writer. In this extraordinary memoir, nothing is simplistic, nothing is unquestioned, and nothing is black and white.


    25. Well written memoir of student life at colonial boarding school in Kenya. Some insight into colonialism vs revolutionaries. Could not believe blind acceptance of everything British. Started becoming boring until the jail scene at the end which greatly picked up the pace and gave a realistic rendering of society in the times of political upheaval.


    26. Written in a style so matter-of-fact it borders on dull, but with just enough interesting content about Kenya in the colonial era, and the weird educational philosophies of the English to keep me engaged.


    27. I really liked the insights into his teachers. The State of Emergency is often discussed as a military campaign. Here you get a better view of what it was like for civilians and how the teachers at his high school created a safe place.


    28. I've got to stop reading memoirs. As much personal and professional interest as I have in Kenya, and enjoy reading Ngugi's work, this memoir left me wanting to learn so much more beyond a sanitized version of Ngugi as a high school student.


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