Kenya / 1965
What can I even say about this novel? Gosh...It's such a classic...a living breathing testament to the struggles undergone by the Kikuyu people in Kenya under European savage rule. In The River Between, Christian missionaries attempt to outlaw the female circumcision ritual and subsequently create conflict between two communities on different sides of the village's river. I seriously applaud Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o for publishing this book in 1965. This is important; Kenya only gained independence in 1963. At 79 years old, he is still active and writing today. He's doing a lot of language advocacy work and even writing in his native tongue, Gikuyu.