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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. Upon leaving Harvard he become actively involved in the struggle for African liberation of Algeria, which had just emerged from its armed struggle for independence from France. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

I suggest you reread the book again as the theme of alienation is even much more prevalent in the novel.

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March 14, at I liked this book. About Ayi Kwei Armah. Fragments is similar, in theme, to No Longer at Ease.

This plot in the hands of some novelists might end up a boring piece. Wonderful reading, as I recall. And so while Brempong brings so many goodies for his family, Baako carries almost nothing materialistic.

However, Ayi Kwei Armah’s works have consistently challenged our collective actions and thoughts as a society. As a result of this privilege, he is expected to return to his family bearing the monetary gifts which this status yields in Ghana. In reviews, you do not give out everything to the reader.


In Algeria, Armah worked as a translator for the magazine Revolution Africaine until his health failed toward the end of It gets tiring to read at times kweu the ending is rather unsatisfactory but its theme is one which as so relevant that it is surprising how seldom it appears in Ghanaian literature. What then would be the importance of their educational sojourn in a foreign country?

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Sep 29, Eric rated it really liked it. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. These material goods are bought with graft and corruption, which impoverishes the country’s infrastructure. All that goes returns. Katy rated it liked it May 20, Like a classical piece or an opera performance, Armah’s works are to be loved or loathed. The yb chapter reads: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Yet, Baako, a pragmatist, has a divergent opinion.

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Dec 22, David Hicks rated it liked it. I haven’t read Fragments – but Ayi Kwei Armah’s reputation and stature as one of the leading lights of post-colonial African literature – puts it on my ‘must read before I die’ list.

Baako, being a been-to a person who had come from abroadis expected to act as one: March 13, at 3: Fragments deals with the subject of materialism in fragmenst Ghana. That is how all living things come back after long absences, and in the whole great world all things are living things. That is the way everything goes and armaah round. Fragments goes a step further by linking the main character’s own illness physical and mental to the sickness of society, ahi represented by his family.


Starts off a little too pedantically and is a bit too agenda-driven for my tastes, but still, it’s wonderful to be introduced by a friend to this Ghanaian writer–and the ending was terrific, if a little overwrought. Yet, the description of the processes leading to Baako’s psychotic condition reminded me of King’s Roadwork. In his purgatorial passage through the increasingly foreign world of his native Accra, Baako rejects his corrupt government sinecure and abhors his family’s materialism, resigns his post at Ghanavision when his idealistic television screenplays are rejected as subversive, recoils in disgust from the colonial posturings of official laureates at state-subsidized literary soirees, and finally, when his inspired notebook expositions on Ghana’s modern cargo mentality are mistaken by his mother as signs of madness, is committed to a mental asylum where he really goes mad.

The place is run by this so-called elite of pompous asses trained to do nothing.

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November 4, at They change, they disappear entirely, and they are replaced. That is how all living things come back after long absences, and in the whole great world all things are living things. Yet, Baako had bu values; values he held in high esteem such as prompt response to issues, priority settings, and efficiency. You are commenting using your WordPress.