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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>The Black Hermit Review

The Black Hermit

Book Review   by:lazanex     Original Author: Ngugi wa Thiongo
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The Black Hermit is book about the effects of colonialism and western cultures against african cultures. We see Nyobi as an educated african , who leaves his village for western education and after graduating, settles in a distant city , prooccupied with a new job at a white man company. The western education, has kept Nyobi away from his people and is not contributing to his indigineous society rather is building a company of the foreigners.

Nyobi is a classic example of how, modern education is destabilizing and alienating youth from the community , which groomed and developed them during their tender ages. Modern education is acting like a force to take away , the labour of society and make them to contribute to distant community at the detriment of their own society. Nyobi is not anymore visiting his clan, not involved in the affair of his kinsmen, but is seen quite busy managing the affairs of his employers.

Another contradiction is engulfing the life of Nyobi, an urban life makes Nyobi not a suitable husband for the village girls. Unmarried girls in his community regards him as a foreigner or simply as a white man in black colour. Nyobi has changed his lifestyle, preferring continental or modern foods, compared to african cuisine. Nyobi's tastes for food is now foreigner, preffering a white steak or brown caramel, instead of traditional Gikuyu food such as githeri. Nyobi's preference for foreign foods, makes african women not suitable for marriage.

In matter of religion , this is another area of great contention with his people. Traditional religion worshipping is no longer possible for Nyobi. Nyobi is a christian , a religion regarded by indigeneous people as a foreign religion, serving the unknown God. It is difficult for Nyobi to practice his former belief in the traditional religion. After spending a considerable time in schoool , the religion he has practiced is Christianity and not traditional religion. Here it is evident, that it was not possible for youth in school and college to practice their origin religion, as it was not allowed in christian schools.
Published: September 29, 2011   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    Please correct it as it is not Nyobi but Remi about whom you are talking..... Nyobi is the mother. View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    None of that is correct. Even the main character's name is wrong. View All
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  1. 4. Charlie dagan

    African literature

    Bad review!starting from the main character

    0 Rating Thursday, December 26, 2013
  2. 3. Adeyinka

    lets get the themes right so as not to get others confused

    YOUR WRONG! nyobi is rEMI'S MOTHER remi is the educated African who goes to the city,ok......

    0 Rating Tuesday, October 01, 2013
  3. 2. CORNEL EPIMACUS

    NYOBI

    T he name of the main character has been incorrectly used in the analysis above instead of REMI[the main character] NYOBI has been used.

    1 Rating Monday, February 25, 2013
  4. 1.

    Entire Review

    This review is completely incorrect.

    0 Rating Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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