The perfect nine : the epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi

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Full title: The perfect nine : the epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi / Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o ; translated from the Gikuyu original by the author.
Alternative titles: Kenda mũiyũrũ. English
Main author: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938- (Author)
Format: Book           

Summary: "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."--Book jacket.
Language: English
Published: London : Harvill Secker, an imprint of Vintage, 2020.
Classmark: VI305.896 /545761
ISBN: 9781911215998