---- "So a handful of people still profited from the suffering of the majority, the sorrow of the many bring the joy of the few" — Matigari by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o.
Matigari defeats his enemies, burries his weapons and wears the belt of peace. Matigari has decided to leave the mountains and search for his family, to go back to his house, in a country with no name. Matigari asks a lot of questions, which made his journey perilous and full of struggles.
The book was originally written in Gĩkũyũ, a language spoken in Kenya, by Wangui Wa Goro. It is highly satirical and intense crtitique of the politics and the government that have come to rule a freshly independent country, that are still submitting themselves to western powers a.k.a their former colonisers. Explores multiple themes such as child poverty & exploitation, women's oppression, corruption, treason, neocolonialism, capitalism & imperialism, the denigration of socialism and more.
When I read the introduction to this book, it said that this story is *imaginary*. Few pages into it and I started wondering how on earth is this imaginary? Most of African countries suffered and are still suffering because of corrupt governments that still serve and submit to their former colonizers. Independence didn't really happen, it was a scam, and some sort of agreement to stop a certain war.
This book has been such an insightful and thought-provoking read, as I don't know much about it Kenya's pre and post-independence history, it must've been inspired by it. But it can be easily compared to the situation in Algeria.
I recommend it to everyone interested in African literature dealing with the themes previously stated and it's a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars read for me.
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