Fragments [Ayi Kwei Armah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A member of the African elite groping its way out of the background of. ALT 34 Diaspora & Returns in Fiction November Armah’s Second Novel. Ayi Kwei Armah, Fragments, Houghton Mifflin, New York, I The reputation of Armah’s second novel has been held back by its.

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

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Tony rated it really liked it Aug 21, That is how all living things come back after long absences, and in the whole great world all things are living things.

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Reitumetse Rapulane rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Fragmentx it the ostentatious goodies so all can believe that they have indeed travelled? Unfortunately for Baako, his family has high expectations. Is it the ostentatious goodies so all can believe that they have indeed travelled?

April 19, at Yet, Naana, Baako’s kwel, belongs to the old generation and therefore Baako scarcely talks to her or takes her words seriously. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? In it, the main character Baako is a “been to”, meaning that he has been to the United States and received his education there. Armah then moved to Algeria and worked as a transl Born to Fante-speaking parents, with his father’s side Armau 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.


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That is the way frxgments goes and turns round. Unable to harmonize contervailing needs with wider social aspirations, both family and individual drift toward confrontation and inexorable loss. I would recommend this book to anybody who wishes to know society’s ‘stated’ expectations and all those who just love to read.

I liked this book. A society that has lost its focus in life; one that consistently puts materiality above morality; one that has sold its core values in return for flashes of enjoyment, even if those flashes lead to corruption and rot in the society. This site uses cookies. Sep 29, Eric rated it really liked it. Armah has lived and traveled in various parts of Africa, beginning in I suggest you reread the book again as the theme of alienation is even much more prevalent in the novel.

For Brempong, the strutting “big man” Baako encounters on the plane from Paris, worth is measured wholly by “beautiful things” like his Dutch butane lighter which “seemed to have been sculpted entirely out of light”.

November 1, at 5: Armah always tackles his sure raw. A member of the African elite groping its way out of the background of slavery and colonialism, Baako see his education as preparation for the lifework of a socially innovative artist. 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 fragkents seldom it appears in Ghanaian literature.

The prose is classic Armah – long, verbose and poetic. Nick Hegedus rated it really liked it Aug 01, 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?

One has to understand the symbolisms he uses in his works before understanding him. Jul 30, Damien rated it it was ok. In Fragments, the maternal inheritance system as practised by the Akan ethic group comes alive, as Baako’s father, whether dead or alive was armxh mentioned. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


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Furthermore, in less than hrs later, a lady friend of his friend and his mother, at different places, asked to be wheeled out when his car arrives. And these are the very things that the civil service within which he was finally employed did not do. Henry Ozogula rated it really liked it Oct 03, Sep 17, David rated it it was ok. His family, more pragmatic, expects an elite resume to convert into power and wealth in the real world here and now.

Katy rated it liked it May 20, 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.

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A powerful work by Armah, exploring the arcane world kaei madness, materialism, and all sorts of misplaced values rather deep-seated. Mar 19, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Per Ankh Language: Furthermore, Fragments uses almost explicit references to French existentialists, as well as Chinua Achebe, that come off awkwardly.

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