Historical Context

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In Petals of Blood, Ngugi comments on the effects of colonial and post-colonial rule on the lives of the Kenyan people. The narrative...

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Literary Style

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Point of View
One of the most striking features of Petals of Blood is its narrative style that uses multiple points of...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

(Literature of Developing Nations for Students)

Boehmer, Elleke, ‘‘The Master's Dance to the Master's Voice: Revolutionary Nationalism and the Representation of...

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(Critical Guide to British Fiction)

Cima, Richard. Review in Library Journal. CIII (October 15, 1978), p. 2135.

Ikiddeh, Ime. “James Ngugi as Novelist,” in African Literature Today. No. 2 (1969), pp. 3-10.

Moore, Gerald. Twelve African Writers, 1980.

Ms. Review. VIII (July, 1979), p. 34.

The New York Times Book Review. Review. LXXVIII (February 19, 1978), p. 3.

Robson, Clifford B. Ngugi wa Thiong’o, 1979.

Updike, John. Review in The New Yorker. LV (July 2, 1979), p. 89.

Compare and Contrast

(Literature of Developing Nations for Students)

1930: Few Kenyans are given opportunities to study in the English colonial schools. Those who do are forced to accept a curriculum...

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Topics for Further Study

(Literature of Developing Nations for Students)

Research the history of Kenya from the first European settlements in the 1800s to the present day. Compare the political situation in Kenya...

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What Do I Read Next?

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The novels Things Fall Apart (1958) and No Longer at Ease (1960) by the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe depict Nigeria's...

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