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The River Between

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A legendary work of African literature, this moving and eye-opening novel lucidly captures the drama of a people and culture whose world has been overturned. The River Between explores life in the mountains of Kenya during the early days of white settlement. Faced with a choice between an alluring new religion and their own ancestral customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.


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A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize contender.

Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.”

Weight 176 g
Dimensions 127 × 195.58 × 113.4 mm










Publication Date

21 Oct 2015


Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o


Penguin Classics,

Penguin Random House

1 review for The River Between

  1. Magunga Williams

    A literary giant. 4 stars.

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Editorial Review

‘It has rare qualities of restraint, intelligence and sensitivity’

The Times Literary Suppliment


‘ A sensitive novel about Gikuyu in the melting pot that sometimes touches the granduer of tap-root simpliticity.’

The Guardian