I Will Marry When I Want has ratings and 20 reviews. Idrissa said: Ngugi wa Thiong’o and his co-writer, Ngugi wa Mirii, are men who have a way with w. Ngaahika Ndeenda is a controversial play that covers post-colonial themes of class struggle, poverty, gender, culture, religion, modernity vs. tradition, and marriage and family. The play was written by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Ngugi wa Mirii and first and inviting Kĩgũũnda for a drink, and singing, “I Shall Marry When I Want. Dive deep into Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Ngugi wa Mirii’s I Will Marry When I Want with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion.

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This play is, according to some historians, one of the factors that lead to Ngugi wa Thiongo’s detention without trial. Jan 18, Brian Chando waant it liked it.


The simple people who have always wanted to live, fully and fairly, are still in the same state: Being a lover of English, I desperately struggled to find something good about this play, but I couldn’t. Get to Know Us. It proved so powerful, especially in its use of song, that it wannt banned and was probably one of the factors leading to Ngugi’s detention without trial. The original Gikuyu edition went to three printings in the first three months of publication.


I Will Marry When I Want

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. This is a wonderful play and as a reader feel lucky to have been able to share the insights offered through story since it is designed to be performed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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Kenyan teacher, novelist, essayist, and playwright, whose works function as an important link between the pioneers of J writing and the younger generation of postcolonial writers. Heinemann; 1 edition January 1, Language: The play is a Marxist one and doesn’t hold any punches. It shines an unwelcome light on situations that an intellectual elite would otherwise turn a blind eye on.

It was the first novel in English to be published by an East African author. In he left for England to pursue graduate studies at the Leeds University in England. Ngugi wa Thiong’o and his co-writer, Ngugi wa Mirii, are men who have a way with words that is unrivalled and incomparable.


Fundamentalism, whether it is by whites or blacks, will not be successful.

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I Will Marry When I Want by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The play, although brushed over many topics of the Kenyans at the time, I think it effectively and powerfully treated those subjects with so no wonder this got banned! Daniel Haumschild rated it liked it Jan 19, It’s a shame the play still remains banned in my country but I would love to see the songs in the play come to life. His father, Thiong’o wa Nducu, was a peasant farmer, who was forced to become a squatter after the British Imperial Act of It’s absolutely crazy that this literature is picture perfect of the Kenya we live in