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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Email required Address never made public. Like a classical piece or an opera performance, Armah’s works are to be loved or loathed. The great friend throws all things apart and brings all things together again. Thus Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas.

In Two Thousand Seasonshe clearly demonstrated his displeasure by showing clearly our complicity in the enslavement of ourselves coming from our greed and our diametrically opposed stance to ‘the way’. Joel rated it it was amazing May 01, April 19, at In that novel he referred us as Ostentatious Cripples, and those who went into the service of the White Predators as Askaris or Zombies. He was educated at the elite Achimota College, near Accra, and received a degree in sociology from Harvard University in Nana Fredua-Agyeman 3 October at Armah’s works have not been appreciated as much as they should.

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.

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His point of entry into the country presented him with the collision course he would be on with the forces that drive the notions and thoughts of people, for it wasn’t long that the sister of a friend he had met whilst enplaned to Ghana, told him that he does not look like a ‘been-to’. Return to Book Page. Unable to handle his growing frustration, the demands from his family, the diametrically opposing views his aui society’sBaako finally cracks and is bundled and dumped at a psychiatric hospital.


Per ankh- Ghana – pages. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Newer Post Older Post Home. But there was nothing there to explain the twistedness, until the baffled eye descended and was struck in the region of the sweating man’s loins with the sight of a scrotal sac so swollen that within the tattered pants containing it it had the look of a third and larger buttock winning a ruthless struggle to push the original two out fragmsnts the way.

And Baako’s analytical mind was well illustrated by his focus on the tiniest details like colour and action. After nearly five years in the US, Baako returns back home, with hopes to build his writing career and help his nation with his newly acquired skills. According to Naana, “A father is only a husband, and husbands come and go; they are passing winds bearing seed. But there are two leading metaphors.

In this book, one gets an even stronger bh that the character is based on Armah himself. Want to Read saving…. However it makes a brilliant turn by not laying the blame solely on Africa’s “blind leaders” but also points out the fail Am not a big poetry fan, but when told from Juana’s perspective the poetry really fit well with the themes in the book, her emptiness and loneliness really came out in her poetry.

Here, Ayi Kwei Armah clearly depicts the mentality of the people without being direct, for both had presumed that Baako has a car, which would soon arrive; because every been-to has a car.

November 4, at You are commenting using your WordPress. It reflects all the ills and consequences of colonisation and our own changing values. Anonymous 28 January at It takes place this year at the British Library from July October 28, at 6: Apr 08, Camille rated it really liked it. Reitumetse Rapulane rated it it was amazing Apr 07, First of all, I get heartened when “old” works are brought back into the light of day.


To put it differently, is Ghana or for that matter Africa ready to accept artists like writers? Armah then moved to Algeria and worked as a transl Born to Fante-speaking parents, with his father’s side Armah descending from a royal family in the Ga tribe in the port city of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, [1] Armah, having attended the renowned Achimota School, left Ghana in to attend Groton School in Groton, MA.

Matt Durkin rated it liked it Dec 10, Ayi Kwei Armah was born in Takoradi, Ghana, in Okay so you know that I am an Armahite… and I love all his novels. What then ksei be the importance of their educational sojourn in a foreign country?

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Baako is the protagonist in the novel. Is it the ostentatious goodies so all can believe that they have indeed travelled?

GhanaNovelRating: A look at the clash between traditional communal living and the individualistic materialism of military-ruled post-Nkrumah Ghana told through a returnee who cannot bear the expectations on him by his family. Yet, Baako had his values; values he held in high esteem such as prompt response to issues, priority settings, and efficiency.

Unable aiy harmonize contervailing needs with wider social aspirations, both family and individual drift toward confrontation and inexorable loss.

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His style is peculiar. The excerpt seems poetic and is brilliant. Thus Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas. 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 Ayk die’ list.

This is a powerful novel that ties personal warfare, love, greed, and excitement into amah amazing storyline. You are certainly right and you had the right words…thus…symbolist.