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28 popular kenyan books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Africa Challenge" were written by authors from Kenya. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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No llores, pequeño by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ES

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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Ambientada en la Kenia colonial durante el periodo de la Rebelión del Mau Mau, No llores, pequeño retrata la desigualdad que sufren los desposeídos africanos y enfatiza las consecuencias de la lucha contra el dominio blanco. Dos hermanos, Njoroge y Kamau, sentados sobre un montón de basura, reflexionan sobre su futuro: Njoroge irá a la escuela, mientras que Kamau se formará como carpintero. Pero esto es Kenia y la realidad juega en contra de sus deseos: en los bosques, el Mau Mau libra una guerra contra el gobierno blanco, y ambos hermanos, junto con... continue

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One Day I Will Write about This Place by Binyavanga Wainaina EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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A groundbreaking memoir by the acclaimed Kenyan Caine Prize winner.

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Petals of blood by Ngugi wa Thiong'o EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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There has been a murder in the Kenyan village of Ilmorog. Four suspects are placed in detention: headmaster Munira, teacher and political activist Karega, spirited barmaid Wanja and storekeeper Abdulla. But there are no easy solutions to the crime in a place already filled with fear and intimidation. As the murder is investigated, it becomes clear how the lives of suspects and victims are inextricably linked to the fortunes of their village, and to the crisis of modern Kenya itself. Petals of Bloodwas published in 1977 to huge controversy, leading to Ngugi's imprisonment for his portrayal of a... continue

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Secret Lives and Other Stories by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o EN

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'One of the greatest writers of our time' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ngugi wa Thiong'o is renowned for his political novels and plays, yet he honed his craft as a short story writer. First published in 1975, Secret Lives and Other Stories brings together a range of Ngugi's political short stories. From tales of the meeting between magic and superstition, to stories about the modernising forces of colonialism, and the pervasive threat of nature, this collection celebrates the storytelling might of one of Africa's best-loved writers.

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Something Torn and New : An African Renaissance by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o EN

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Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language toc

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The Challenge for Africa by Wangari Maathai EN

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In this groundbreaking work, the Nobel Peace Prize-winner and founder of the Green Belt Movement offers a new perspective on the troubles facing Africa today. Too often these challenges are portrayed by the media in extreme terms connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Wangari Maathai, the author of Unbowed, sees things differently, and here she argues for a moral revolution among Africans themselves. Illuminating the complex and dynamic nature of the continent, Maathai offers “hardheaded hope” and “realistic options” for change and improvement. She deftly describes what Africans can a... continue

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The Dragonfly Sea by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor EN

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When a contingent of cultural emissaries from China invite Ayaana abroad, she embarks on a dramatic ship's journey to the Far East, where she will make friends and enemies; and, at last, find understanding where she least expects it

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The House of Rust : A Novel by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber EN

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The first Graywolf Press Africa Prize winner, a story of a girl’s fantastical sea voyage to rescue her father The House of Rust is an enchanting novel about a Hadrami girl in Mombasa. When her fisherman father goes missing, Aisha takes to the sea on a magical boat made of a skeleton to rescue him. She is guided by a talking scholar’s cat (and soon crows, goats, and other animals all have their say, too). On this journey Aisha meets three terrifying sea monsters. After she survives a final confrontation with Baba wa Papa, the father of all sharks, she rescues her own father, and hopes that life... continue

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The Perfect Nine : The Epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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"A reimagining of an old Gikuyu fable"--

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The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o EN

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The River Between explores life on the Makuyu and Kameno ridges of Kenya in the early days of white settlement. Faced with an alluring, new religion and 'magical' customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it. Some follow Joshua and his fiery brand of Christianity while others proudly pursue tribal independence. In the midst of this disunity stands Waiyaki, a dedicated visionary born to a line of prophets. He struggles to educate the tribe - a task he sees as the only unifying link between the two factions - but his plans for the f... continue


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