In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir

3.88 avg rating
( 179 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780099572244: In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir

During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, things are changing at home. He arrives back for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed to the ground and the entire village moved up the road closer to a guard checkpoint. Later, his brother, Good Wallace, who fights for the rebels, is captured by the British and taken to a concentration camp. Finally, Ngugi himself comes into conflict with the forces of colonialism when he is victimised by a police officer on a bus journey and thrown in prison for six days. This fascinating memoir charts the development of a significant voice in international literature, as well as standing as a record of the struggles of a nation to free itself.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

"Growing up in Kenya in the 1950s, the future novelist went to an elite school run by a Briton just as the Mau Mau uprising swept his family into the revolt against colonial rule. This powerful memoir depicts a youth torn between these separate worlds" ( i)

"This is a book about a young boy’s fear, not just of letting his mother down or failing to fulfill his potential, but some of the worst political violence that Africa endured in the colonial period" (Tim Butcher Mail on Sunday)

"No writer alive today has more complex experience to draw upon or greater resource to convey it" (Brian Morton Glasgow Herald)

"The only thing more amazing than identifying the themes of your life is using them to create deceptively simple literature about it. Such labor is child’s play for the Kenyan novelist and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o... [With] echoes of Barack Obama’s own Dreams... [Thiong’o] easily keeps the balance between the whimsical, political, spiritual and personal" (Todd Steven Burroughs Ebony)

"Eloquently telegraphs the complicated experience of being simultaneously oppressed and enlightened at the hands of a colonial regime" ( New York Times Book Review)

Book Description:

A childhood memoir set in Kenya from the International Man Booker nominated author, Ngugi wa Thiong'o.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ngugi Wa Thiong o
Published by Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom (2013)
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 129 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, things are changing at home. He arrives back for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed to the ground and the entire village moved up the road closer to a guard checkpoint. Later, his brother, Good Wallace, who fights for the rebels, is captured by the British and taken to a concentration camp. Finally, Ngugi himself comes into conflict with the forces of colonialism when he is victimised by a police officer on a bus journey and thrown in prison for six days. This fascinating memoir charts the development of a significant voice in international literature, as well as standing as a record of the struggles of a nation to free itself. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099572244

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Ngugi Wa Thiong o
Published by Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom (2013)
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 198 x 129 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, things are changing at home. He arrives back for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed to the ground and the entire village moved up the road closer to a guard checkpoint. Later, his brother, Good Wallace, who fights for the rebels, is captured by the British and taken to a concentration camp. Finally, Ngugi himself comes into conflict with the forces of colonialism when he is victimised by a police officer on a bus journey and thrown in prison for six days. This fascinating memoir charts the development of a significant voice in international literature, as well as standing as a record of the struggles of a nation to free itself. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780099572244

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Wa Thiong'o, Ngugi
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800995722440000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 129mm x 198mm x 19mm. Paperback. During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, th.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 256 pages. 0.242. Bookseller Inventory # 9780099572244

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, things are changing at home. He arrives back for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed to. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780099572244_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.79
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.34
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
Published by Vintage Publishing
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, things are changing at home. He arrives back for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed to the ground and the entire village moved up the road closer to a guard checkpoint. Later, his brother, Good Wallace, who fights for the rebels, is captured by the British and taken to a concentration camp. Finally, Ngugi himself comes into conflict with the forces of colonialism when he is victimised by a police officer on a bus journey and thrown in prison for six days. This fascinating memoir charts the development of a significant voice in international literature, as well as standing as a record of the struggles of a nation to free itself. Bookseller Inventory # B9780099572244

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
5.19
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Thiong'o, Ngugi Wa
Published by Vintage
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage. Book Condition: New. During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. This memoir charts the development of a significant voice in international literature, as well as standing as a record of the struggles of a nation to free itself. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: BGHA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 136 x 197 x 19. Weight in Grams: 244. . 2013. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780099572244

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Thiong'o, Ngugi Wa
Published by Vintage (2013)
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage, 2013. Book Condition: New. During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. This memoir charts the development of a significant voice in international literature, as well as standing as a record of the struggles of a nation to free itself. Num Pages: 256 pages. BIC Classification: BGHA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 136 x 197 x 19. Weight in Grams: 244. . 2013. Paperback. . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780099572244

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Ngugi wa Thiong'o
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: Random House UK | A Memoir, Nominiert: National Book Critics Circle Autobiography Award 2013 | A childhood memoir set in Kenya from the International Man Booker nominated author, Ngugi wa Thiong'o. | During the early fifties, Kenya was a country in turmoil. While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, things are changing at home. He arrives back for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed to the ground and the entire village moved up the road closer to a guard checkpoint. Later, his brother, Good Wallace, who fights for the rebels, is captured by the British and taken to a concentration camp. Finally, Ngugi himself comes into conflict with the forces of colonialism when he is victimised by a police officer on a bus journey and thrown in prison for six days. This fascinating memoir charts the development of a significant voice in international literature, as well as standing as a record of the struggles of a nation to free itself. | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 237 gr | 198x131x19 mm | 256 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9780099572244

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.19
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
Published by Vintage Publishing 2013-11-07, London (2013)
ISBN 10: 0099572249 ISBN 13: 9780099572244
New paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Vintage Publishing 2013-11-07, London, 2013. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780099572244

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.50
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book