Smart and uplifting. Perhaps it's not the most feminist play in the world, but it very movingly portrays one Kenyan family's moral dissolution in the aftermath of colonial liberation. It also hopefully and thoughtfully examines the nostalgia felt for lost cultural traditions and national identity.Beth78
Great read! Its the typical struggle between African society and the Western World!Betsy
This was the play Ngugi wa Thiongo was imprisoned for writing and performing. It does a good job showing the conflict between families who get ahead and those who aren't able to due to their positions. I would think about teaching this with A Raisin in the Sun - interesting parallel possibilities.Varyanne Sika
This play is, according to some historians, one of the factors that lead to Ngugi wa Thiongo's detention without trial.The play is a Marxist one and doesn't hold any punches. Subtlety was a foreign word during those post independence times and understandably so.There is palpable anger and bitterness throughout the play towards the capitalist system inherited by businessmen and political leaders from colonialists. Missionaries and their Christianity are not spared.Land is stolen, wages are disgusting, living conditions are nothing to speak of, the law and society is controlled by the wealthy, and there is generally no hope for change only continued suffering and enrichment. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.Antonios Curation
A' Level literature - to re-readSharon Kamau
This is a book i can relate to. Ngugi wa Thiongo has timeless classics based on such real events!Mugo
Ngûgî is good. now i understand why the play was banned. the message is in short: we fought for the liberation of our nation, to get back our land, but then what happened in 1963? the oppressors, land grabbers changed color from white to black, period. most of the aspirations of the freedom fighters were perverted by the newly found imperialish ex-homeguards. they put on the bequeathed religious cloak to hide their true wolf-in-sheepskin selves. sadly for them, they remain just watchdogs for the true masters who remain english, american and japanese. really thought-provoking! one wonders how different the message would be in the new order of things. maybe we would just add chinese and that is it, hehe!Jim saddat
While there are intriguing aspects to this play, I feel it's message is thrust upon the audience rather than being developed subtly. I know that's inherent to literature engagee, but it doesn't really do much for me.