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The River Between ePub Ñ Paperback Read Û gwairsoft ´ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The River Between ❤ Author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o – Christian missionaries attempt to outlaw the female circumcision ritual and in the process create a terrible rift between the two Kikuyu communitiesUnuestioned loyalty to past traditions will save them The growing conflict brings tragedy to a pair of young lovers who attempted to bridge the deepening chasm A religion that took no count of people's way of life a religion that did not recognize spots of beauty and truths in their way of life was useless It would only maim a man's soul making him fanatically cling to whatever promised security If the white man's religion made you abandon a custom and then did not give you something else of eual value you became lost Change This books is about change and how people cope with it When the Christian missionaries arrive at an African region the local tribes are threatened by this swiping force that is claiming their young and lands while dubbing their past customs and social traditions evilIt's a battle between the past and the future tradition and evolution but above it all it's a battle of men and all their fears and vises and ambitionsIt depicts clearly how religion is always tied to politics and it’s a testimony to how vital traditions and customs are to a societyThere's a Greek song that says by fire and knife this world moves forward and that's exactly what happens to the Makuyu people and poor Waiyaki who dreamed ofeducation for unity Unity for political freedom

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Side of the river The people are torn between those who believe in WesternChristian education and the opportunities it will offer and those who feel that only Ngugi tells a tale of the divisions in a community in Kenya brought on my colonialism and Christianity The rift grows as each of the major divisions solidify their positions amid the invasion of the country The focus of the battle is between the Kenyans rather than the invaders reminiscent of how in the diaspora the frustration of communities often gets turned on to itself rather than the wider system that creates and sustains those kind of divisions An important read for black Americans because it gives a glimpse of life beliefs and cultural practices of Africans before colonization As I continue to read books from different countries in Africa and around the diaspora the I am aware of how writing styles story lines and emphases are indeed a reflection of those different cultures and realities My hope is that this diversity of expression continues rather than having a universally or western approved standard against which all books are assessedI really liked this book

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The River BetweenChristian missionaries attempt to outlaw the female circumcision ritual and in the process create a terrible rift between the two Kikuyu communities on either Although it was published after Weep Not Child this is the first book Ngugi wrote For me it contrasts with later works like Wizard of the Crow which gives the strong impression of being written for the people it is about with the exception of the corrupt ruling class whereas this book I feel unintentionally stands apart employing a degree of ironic social critiue for example when parents mistake beatings by teachers for good pedagogy The later work exudes affirmation and encouragement while this story narrates painful disjunctures and intimate conflicts that appear almost insoluble The introduction points out that Ngugi offers three strategies to cope with progressive colonisation and dispossession by white settlers embrace reject or accommodate All of these strategies go awry suggesting that there is no right response to such a situation and producing potentially a restless malaise rather than inspiration to actI enjoyed the characters in this book especially the sisters Nyambura and Muthoni determined wilful courageous girls who use their emotional intelligence to transform their lives Despite the fact that their actions are disastrous for them and others Ngugi presents them in a way that defies misogyny Waiyaki the main male protagonist is relatably naive and uncertain trying to follow the direction of his father with limited understanding of the old man’s wishes The lack of communication between father and son is gently critiued in Waiyaki’s bafflementThe issue of circumcision a rite of passage for both boys and girls in the Gikuyu ‘tribe’ is central to the conflict between Gikuyu tradition and colonial Christianity The Christian authorities conflate circumcision with every trope of cultural inferiority they craft as weapons in their efforts to consolidate and extend their political domination of the Gikuyu This is what makes the issue so loaded Like Weep Not Child this should be reuired reading for whitewestern feminists concerned about the practice Waiyaki reflects that some of the ideas of the Christians are attractive or unobjectionable but that the Christians’ mistake is to attempt to take away the ‘tribe’’s traditions without giving them anything valueable in return; circumcision is not important as a physical change but an an internal spiritual change Murathi chooses circumcision to ‘become beautiful in the tribe’ it is an act of connection for her Waiyaki’s thoughts can be uestioned of course – he has been educated by the Christians But I think that through his thoughts Ngugi offers what I would call both feminist pedagogy and pedagogy for feminists