Publication Date: 08/06/2023 ISBN: 9781784706784 Category:

The Perfect Nine

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 08/06/2023 ISBN: 9781784706784 Category:
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*LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE.* ‘One of the greatest writers of our time’ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Perfect Nine is a glorious epic about the founding of Kenya’s Gikuyu people and the ideals of beauty, courage and unity.

Gikuyu and Mumbi settled on the peaceful and bounteous foot of Mount Kenya after fleeing war and hunger. When ninety-nine suitors arrive on their land, seeking to marry their famously beautiful daughters, called The Perfect Nine, the parents ask their daughters to choose for themselves, but to choose wisely.

First the young women must embark on a treacherous quest with the suitors, to find a magical cure for their youngest sister, Warigia, who cannot walk. As they journey up the mountain, the number of suitors diminishes and the sisters put their sharp minds and bold hearts to the test, conquering fear, doubt, hunger and many menacing ogres, as they attempt to return home. But it is perhaps Warigia’s unexpected adventure that will be most challenging of all.

Blending folklore, mythology and allegory, Ngugi wa Thiong’o chronicles the adventures of Gikuyu and Mumbi, and how their brave daughters became the matriarchs of the Gikuyu clans, in stunning verse, with all the epic elements of danger, humour and suspense.

‘A tremendous writer… it’s hard to doubt the power of the written word when you hear the story of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’ Guardian

Publisher Review

One of the greatest writers of our time -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A vivid, exhilarating tale with a surprisingly modern philosophy that emphasises the importance of tolerance, feminism and respect for the environment -- Anthony Gardner * Mail on Sunday * As pacy and addictive as it is measured. Thick with allegory and adventure...this is a beautifully told epic about the fundamentals of humanity * New Statesman * A beautiful work that not only refuses distinctions between "high art" and traditional storytelling, but supplies that all-too rare human necessity: the sense that life has meaning -- Fiona Sampson * Guardian * The Perfect Nine uses a deceptively simple language that lays bare deep truths. * Financial Times *

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