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His coming back home was with trepidation as to what he would discover or uncover, what he would do with himself and the expectations of the people around him. Thus Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas.

October 29, at Refresh and try again. Anonymous 27 December at Armah’s works have not been appreciated as much as they should. Apr 08, Camille rated it really liked it. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

But there are two leading metaphors. It can even go ahead to propose newer ways of doing things and stir a revolution.

However it makes a brilliant turn by not laying the blame solely on Africa’s “blind leaders” but also points out the failings of the “impotent masses”. The beginning chapter reads: The great friend throws all things apart and brings all things together again.

Unable to harmonize contervailing needs with wider social aspirations, both family and individual drift toward confrontation and inexorable loss. In Fragments, the maternal inheritance system as practised by the Akan ethic group comes alive, as Baako’s father, whether dead or alive was not mentioned. Unfortunately for Baako, his family has high expectations. March 14, at Starts off a little too pedantically and is a bit too agenda-driven keei 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.

Fragments (African Writers Series)

Unfortunately for Baako, his family has high expectations. As a result of this privilege, he is expected to return to his family bearing the monetary gifts which this status yields in Ghana. Create a website or blog at WordPress. A powerful work by Armah, exploring the arcane world of madness, materialism, and all frgaments of misplaced values rather deep-seated.


This plot in the hands of some novelists might end up feagments boring piece. It gets tiring to read at times and 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. Imperceptibly, the writings of Ayi Kwei Armah are similar to that of Stephen King, not in armh but in the boldness with which he tackles any subject and make it come alive, the boldness with which he fearlessly experiments, the boldness with which he pens down his narratives.

A member of the African elite groping his way out of the background of slavery and colonialism, Baako fragmeents his education as preparation for the lifework of a socially innovative artist. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

I enjoy Armah a lot! Again like Beautyful Ones, Armah uses detailed descriptions of the grotesque in fravments to render the festering sickness of post-colonial society. The only help Baako receives in his tribulations is the companionship, spiritual and sexual, of the Puerto Rican psychiatrist Juana and the ancient aarmah of his blind grandmother Naana, whose prologue and epilogue encircle in a timeless frame the historical fragmentation recorded in the parallel linear narratives of Baako and Juana.

Fragments is one of those novels that criticised the rush for materialism over the quest for knowledge and discipline that took most African countries by storm in the years following independence.

Ayi Kwei ArmahAuthor’s Country: April 19, at In Fragmentshis largely autobiographical second novel, Armah illustrates the difficulties of an intellectual in a culture oriented toward material possessions.

Fragments (African Writers Series) by Ayi Kwei Armah

About Ayi Kwei Armah. October 29, at 5: January 11, at 7: What is the most important thing that Africans who travel outside the continent to say, the United States, can bring home?

You are fargments right and you had the right words…thus…symbolist. 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.


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. In Algeria, Armah worked as a translator for the magazine Revolution Africaine until his health failed toward the fragmemts of Fill in your details below fragmfnts click an icon to log in: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. All that goes returns. Ayi Kwei Armah was born in Takoradi, Ghana, in Above all, the novel has the characteristics of African cultural writing.

One of the best books I ever read, Armahs writing style is incredible, so much attention to detail. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Firstly, the image of the returning ghost recurs in the various forms of the resurrected cargo-spirit in Baako’s analogies, the reincarnated ancestor in Naana’s traditional Akan beliefs, the repatriated been-to, and, from local mythology, the visionary lover of Mammy Water back from the sea.

However, Ayi Kwei Armah’s works have consistently challenged our collective actions and thoughts as a society. To put it differently, is Ghana or for that matter Africa ready to accept artists like writers?