His works have been translated into more than 30 different languages. Kenda Muiyuru The Perfect Nine is an epic that documents and celebrates the valorous feats of the 9 heroine daughters of Gikuyu and Mumbi, the originators of the Gikuyu community of Kenya. Kenya regions. May peace prevail between God and Men. Reading this book, you will get the feeling that the nine daughters transcend beyond normal humans.
They are goddesses of some sort. Gikuyu tells his wife:. Riaku no Mumbi wanyumbire pg. Your name is Mumbi, my creator. When they settle at Nyagathanga, Gikuyu and Mumbi have nine goddess daughters. Muki niwe ukaga na uhoro pg. The one who comes comes with news. This is the gist of this whole matter: Each of the 9 goddess daughters bears a unique quality like the Greek goddesses such as Athena, Hera, Artemis, Calypso… name them.
Gikuyu and Mumbi set the 99 young men together with the perfect 9 to climb Kiri Nyaga Mt.
Kenya on a life or death sort of mission; to find a and pluck a strand of hair that can only be found in the middle of the tongue of a rare monster ogre called Mwengeca. This strand apparently cures all. Kihoria ciothe kirunge maguru ma Wairigia erugamie. The healer of all to mend the legs of Wairigia to make her stand. As the book develops, Wairigia becomes the central character; the story of the rest of the group revolves around her situation.
All the same, each of the 9 has a unique almost super human quality that aids the journey.
The part I appreciated most about Kenda Muiyuru is the application of oral tradition. Mundu ni mundu tondu wa mundu uria ungi p.
A human being is human because of the other humans. Ngugi, in this text excels at elevating the women folk. While the beauties excel, the men falter, give up and others die. What the men can do, the women are portrayed to be miles better.
While this text tells the original story of the Gikuyu people, it goes beyond the context of the Gikuyu as a lone community. His book's final image is of a group of doctrinaire, self-congratulatory nudists on the presumably French beach, "their naked genitals staring duly, sadly, listlessly at the yellow sand. The hero of this final episode, named Jan, has earlier reflected that the Jews had gone to the gas chambers in naked groups, and that "nudity is a shroud.
She is composed in manner but keeps going to the bathroom. She was as open to me as the carcass of a heifer slit down the middle and hanging on a hook. There we were, sitting side by side on a couch in a borrowed apartment, the gurgling of the water filling the empty toilet tank in the background, and suddenly I felt a violent desire to make love to her. Or to be more exact, a violent desire to rape her.
To throw myself on her and take possession of her with all her intolerably exciting contradictions, her impeccable outfits, her rebellious insides, her reason and her fear, her pride and her misery.
As to the women of Kundera's world, sex is best when it is soulless. Undergoing the charade of triadic sex, the sensitive, jealous Marketa imagines that her husband is headless: "The minute she severed the head from his body, she felt the new and intoxicated touch of freedom.
The anonymity of their bodies was sudden paradise, paradise regained. These children end by tormenting Tamina and goading her to the death by drowning she had, earlier, sought in vain.
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In the first story called "The Angels," they dance in the streets of Prague to celebrate some political murders; they dance in circles until they rise into the sky. The angels are the unfallen from the Communist faith; Kundera once danced in their circle, and remembers their bliss. Angels are the heralds of "uncontested. The Communists idyll he youthfully believed in seems somehow to exist for him still, though mockingly and excludingly. He never asks himselfthe most interesting political question of the century--why a plausible and necessarily redistribution of wealth should, in its Communist form, demand such an exorbitant sacrifice of individual freedom?
Why must the idyll turn, not merely less than idyll, but nightmare? Kundera describes the terrors and humiliations of the intellectual under totalitarianism, with crystalline authority, yet for all he tells us these barbarities are rooted in the sky, in whims beyond accounting.
He keeps ploughing his earthly material back into the metaphors of laughter and forgetting, of angels and children. Tamina, he states, is the book's "main character and main audience, and all the others are variations on her story and come together in her life as in a mirror. As in the case of Nabokov, a private history of fracture and outrage is rendered kaleidoscopic by the twists of a haughty artistic will--without, however, Nabokov's conviction that art, the reality we extract from reality, is sufficiently redeeming.
The position of a writer from the Socialist world in the West cannot but be uncomfortable. He cannot but despise us for our cheap freedoms, our more subtle enslavements; and we it may be, cannot but condescend to his discovery, at such heavy cost to his life, of lessons that Messrs. Churchill and Truman so roundly read to us 35 years ago. Survival tactics vary. Solzhenitsyn in Vermont builds a little iron curtain of his own and continues to thunder as if he were still imprisoned in Russia. Joseph Brodsky, the most aloof and metaphysical of dissidents in his Leningrad years, is becoming, amazingly, an American poet.
Kundera--who moved, after all, only a few hundred kilometers west, and who unlike many expatriates had enjoyed considerable artistic success and prestige in his own country--seems, five years out, in a middling position. He is crossing that border he describes, to the side that men dread, "where the language of their tortured nation would sound as meaningless as the twittering of birds.
A habit of vision developed in one context is being broken in another.