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Weep Not, Child: Detailed Summary & Analysis
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Brief Biography of Ngugi wa Thiong’o
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- Full Title: Weep Not, Child
- When Written: 1962
- Where Written: Kampala, Uganda
- When Published: 1964
- Literary Period: Postmodernism
- Genre: Historical Fiction
- Setting: Central Kenya
- Climax: Having murdered Jacobo, Boro sneaks into Mr. Howlands’s house and shoots him.
- Antagonist: Mr. Howlands, Jacobo, and the British colonialists who have taken over Kenya and sown division amongst Africans.
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for Weep Not, Child
Imprisonment. After Ngũgĩ was imprisoned because of his play I Will Marry When I Want, he was named a Prisoner of Conscience by Amnesty International, the organization responsible for eventually setting him free.
Forced Exile. While promoting his 1980 novel Devil on the Cross in England, Ngũgĩ heard that the Kenyan government planned to assassinate him upon his return. As such, he sought exile in England and other countries, and even narrowly avoided an assassination attempt in Zimbabwe in 1986.