The River Between is a 1965 novel by prolific Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o that was published as part of the influential African Writers Series. It tells the story of the separation of two neighbouring villages of Kenya caused by differences in faith set in the decades of roughly the early 20th century. The bitterness between them caused much hatred between the adults of each side. The story tells about the struggle of a young leader, Waiyaki, to unite the two villages of Kameno and Makuyu through sacrifice and pain.
The novel is set during the colonial period, when white settlers arrived in Kenya‘s “White Highlands“, and has a mountain setting.
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