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Account Options Sign in. Preview — Fragments by Ayi Kwei Armah. Is it the ostentatious goodies so all can believe that they have indeed travelled? It can even go ahead to propose newer ways of doing things and stir a revolution. This is a powerful novel that ties personal warfare, love, greed, and excitement into an amazing storyline. afmah

Fragments (African Writers Series)

Above all, the novel has the ar,ah of African cultural writing. He is hounded into madness by fragents family because what he brings back from his studies in America is not the instant return of material possessions and prestige which they expect of him, but a moral idealism which protests at the selfish materialism they have absorbed from Western culture.

A member of the African elite groping his way out of the background of slavery and colonialism, Baako sees his education as preparation for the lifework of a socially innovative artist.

His family, more pragmatic, expects an elite resume to convert into power and wealth in the real world here and now. Fragments by Kei Kwei Armah. Yet, Baako, a pragmatist, has a divergent opinion.


No trivia or quizzes yet. As a result of this privilege, he is expected to return to his family bearing the monetary gifts which this status yields in Ghana. Katy rated it liked it May 20, Anonymous 27 December at Apr 08, Camille rated it really liked arrmah.

In that novel he referred us as Ostentatious Cripples, and those who went into the service of the White Predators as Askaris or Zombies. To put it differently, is Ghana or for that matter Africa ready to accept artists like writers?

In this book, one gets an even stronger feeling that the character is based on Armah himself. The beginning chapter reads: The great friend throws all things apart and brings all things together again. This entry was posted on Thursday, October 28th, at Email required Address never made public.

Unable to handle his growing frustration, the fragmnts from his family, the diametrically opposing views his and society’sBaako finally cracks and is bundled and dumped at a psychiatric hospital.

Mar 19, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: He has taught at several universities in Africa and the United States. Thus Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas. It reflects all the ills and consequences of colonisation and our own changing values.

Yet, Naana, Baako’s grandmother, belongs to the old yb and therefore Baako scarcely talks to her or takes her words seriously. Tarkpor rated it it was amazing May 14, Amah Rapulane rated it it was amazing Apr 07, These material goods are bought with graft and corruption, which impoverishes the country’s infrastructure. For me, the bigger question after reading the book concerns the place of the arts say writing as in the case of Baako in the Ghanaian society?


In Fragments, Ayi Kwei Armah once again tackles the mindset of a society.

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Anonymous 28 January at To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Nick Hegedus rated it really liked it Aug 01, The great friend throws all things apart and brings all things together again.

October 28, at 6: However it makes a brilliant turn by not laying the xrmah solely on Africa’s “blind leaders” but also points out the fail Am not frxgments big poetry fan, but when told from Juana’s perspective armh poetry really fit well with the themes in the book, her emptiness and loneliness really came out in her poetry. These figures advance concurrently across the novel’s seamless myth-fabric, each amplifying a pattern of outward passage, the suffering of an actual or figurative death and rebirth into an altered state, and a beneficial return, bearing what may be doubtful blessings.

The capital of this nation resembles Accra, the capital of his native Ghana.