Ngugi’s Wizard

This has been linked to on several blogs already: John Updike reviews Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s much-anticipated novel Wizard of the Crow. I haven’t yet read the book (it just arrived in the mail yesterday) and it may well be that it’s not any good, but I did want to excerpt from Updike’s usual nuggets of wisdom:

The novel’s frequent recourse to magic realism, in the course of what its own text admits may seem “too incredible a narrative of magic and greed,” would seem appropriate to a culture so susceptible to the claims of the supernatural.

Isn’t he priceless?