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Singh, the hero, is a failed politician who finds himself in exile in London. The exploration of his predicament is bound up with Naipaul's rather cynical glance at the breaking up of colonial empires, and the operation of political power: The career of the colonial politician is short and ends brutally. We lack order. ' The Writer and His Past 41 His fear of disorder is brilliantly symbolized in his obsessional fears that his house, in the West Indies, would collapse. I developed the fear that our old timber house was unsafe.

The Church opposed Mau Mau, but never the colomal Ca~;. Itsa", the , au Mau liberation movement as 1 34 ~,-s Homecoming ~' being savage and anti-Christian: it . not see the policies of the colonial powers, in depriving people of their land, in making them work for a pittance, in depriving them of legal rights, in having them beaten and mistreated by the Delameres and the Grogans, as the exact opposite of all the Church was supposed to stand for. The Church appeared to say: the white Caesar can do no wrong; white is good, while black is bad and wrong.

106. Ngugi Henry Owuor-Anyumba, Taban Lo Liyong: 'On the Abolition of the English Department' in Discussion Paper No. I. Faculty of Arts, Nairobi, 1968. (See Appendix). Ngugi, Owuor-Anyumba, Taban Lo Liyong: op. cit. Abiola Irele: 'The Teaching of Traditional African Literature' in Proceedings of the Conference on the study of Ghanaian Languages (ed. J. A. Birnie and D. G. Ansare). D. G. Ansare: 'The need for a specificand comprehensive policy in the teaching of Ghanaian Languages', Birnie and Ansare.

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