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Devil on the Cross

Devil on the CrossDevil on the Cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This novel was written on toilet paper while the author was in prison and is the first modern novel written in Gikuyu. Ngũgĩ is often mentioned as a likely Nobel winner plus I had read about this novel in a work of postcolonial theology. So I was looking forward to it and was disappointed.

The story critiques capitalism and colonialist exploitation but it does so in a heavy handed way that reminded me of The Man Who Was Thursday or The Great Divorce--novels that get too heavy handed and preachy in making their points.

There were engaging moments and the final chapter was searingly powerful.

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