Fragments (African Writers Series)

Fragments (African Writers Series)

Ayi Kwei Armah / Jun 26, 2019

Fragments African Writers Series Fragments deals with the subject of materialism in contemporary Ghana In it the main character Baako is a been to meaning that he has been to the United States and received his education there As a

  • Title: Fragments (African Writers Series)
  • Author: Ayi Kwei Armah
  • ISBN: 9780435901547
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fragments deals with the subject of materialism in contemporary Ghana In it, the main character Baako is a been to , meaning that he has been to the United States and received his education there As a result of this privilege, he is expected to return to his family bearing the monetary gifts which this status yields in Ghana These material goods are bought with graft aFragments deals with the subject of materialism in contemporary Ghana In it, the main character Baako is a been to , meaning that he has been to the United States and received his education there As a result of this privilege, he is expected to return to his family bearing the monetary gifts which this status yields in Ghana These material goods are bought with graft and corruption, which impoverishes the country s infrastructure The author contrasts the decadence and materialism of those who see Baako as a cash cow with the philosophy of his blind grandmother, Naana, whose concerns are not of this earth.

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      • Ayi Kwei Armah

        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 1959 to attend Groton School in Groton, MA After graduating, he entered Harvard University, receiving a degree in sociology Armah then moved to Algeria and worked as a translator for the magazine R volution Africaine In 1964, Armah returned to Ghana, where he was a scriptwriter for Ghana Television and later taught English at the Navrongo School.Between 1967 and 1968, he was editor of Jeune Afrique magazine in Paris From 1968 1970, Armah studied at Columbia University, obtaining his MFA in creative writing In the 1970s, he worked as a teacher in East Africa, at the College of National Education, Chang ombe, Tanzania, and at the National University of Lesotho He lived in Dakar, Senegal, in the 1980s and taught at Amherst and the University of Wisconsin Madison.


    921 Comments

    1. Another masterpiece from Armah, which deserves to be brought back into print and widely read by anyone with even a passing interest in post-colonial Africa, and/or desirous of reading perfectly crafted prose such as :"He was a short man, with something swollen and out of shape about his shortness, so that the eye on first seeing him searched unordered for some twisting cause, for something perhaps like a lump on his back. But there was nothing there to explain the twistedness, until the baffled [...]


    2. This is not Ayi Kwei Armah's best book. I believe this was written shortly after The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, and it carries many of the same themes. Like Beautyful Ones, the main character is a morally righteous man suffering from existential angst and struggling against a corrupt society. In this book, one gets an even stronger feeling that the character is based on Armah himself. Again like Beautyful Ones, Armah uses detailed descriptions of the grotesque in order to render the fester [...]


    3. 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. The following is my review on my blog freduagyeman/2009Thanks


    4. A powerful work by Armah, exploring the arcane world of madness, materialism, and all sorts of misplaced values rather deep-seated. The author's descriptive abilities are amazing indeed and the gallery of characters unfold easily, if disturbingly.


    5. 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. If you like this book or others like it, please join us for Africa Writes. It takes place this year at the British Library from 5-7 July 2013.For more info on the festival, visit our website: royalafricansociety/event/afrYou may also like our Facebook page: facebook/AfricaWritesFollow us on twitter - twitter/royafri [...]


    6. 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. The prose is classic Armah - long, verbose and poetic. 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.


    7. Insightful account of 1960's Ghana and the social pressures of returning graduates.My father returned to Ghana during that period, and we were small children, but I understand what he is describing. The relatives who expected much in return.


    8. 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. :)


    9. on the emptiness of consumerism in the face of necessary changealso on confident knowing as resistance (if the posture is possible)armah makes interesting statements about postcolonial ghana(i FINALLY finished this book)





    10. One of the best books I ever read, Armahs writing style is incredible, so much attention to detail. I really reccomend



    11. This is a powerful novel that ties personal warfare, love, greed, and excitement into an amazing storyline.


    12. 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. And Baako's analytical mind was well illustrated by his focus on the tiniest details like colour and action. It's a great book that tells an all too familiar story of corruption and disillusionment. However it makes a brilliant turn by not laying the blame solely on Africa's "blind leaders" but also points out the fail [...]


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