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The excerpt seems poetic and is brilliant. Feb 01, Salisu Yusuf added it.

I liked this book. 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”. I like the way the this author writes. Fragments abounds in image-complexes: Thanks for telling us about the problem. About Ayi Kwei Armah. Yet, the description of the processes leading to Baako’s psychotic condition reminded me of King’s Roadwork. Patson rated it it was amazing Sep 08, Want to Read saving….

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As well as the educated who see the system for what it is but still resign themselves to it. In Fragments, Ayi Kwei Armah once again tackles the mindset of a society. 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.

The clash between cultures and generations also came not as a surprise. Mar 21, Philisiwe Twijnstra rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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. The beginning chapter reads: All that goes returns.

Yet, Baako, a pragmatist, has a divergent opinion. You may also like our Facebook page: Tichaona Chinyelu 2 October at 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.


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Feb 03, Jerome Kuseh rated it really liked it Shelves: After a five-month hospitalization in Boston, Massachusetts, he returned to Ghana in He was educated at the elite Achimota College, near Accra, and received a degree in sociology from Harvard University in November 1, at 5: The author’s descriptive abilities are amazing indeed and the gallery of characters unfold easily, if disturbingly.

Unable to harmonize contervailing needs with wider social aspirations, both family and individual drift toward confrontation and inexorable admah. To ask other readers questions about Fragmentsplease sign up. And so while Brempong brings so many goodies for his family, Baako carries almost nothing materialistic. I mostly find it interesting as an example of African narratives linking personal health and the health of society.

Like Beautyful Ones, kwek main character is a morally righteous man suffering from existential angst and struggling against a corrupt society. 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? But before Baako hits the airport, he meets Brempong — who is an embodiment of materialism in the society.

Dec 22, David Hicks rated it liked it.

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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. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

A member of the African elite groping his way out of the background of slavery and colonialism, Baako sees his education as preparation for the lifework of a socially innovative artist.


Khari Toure rated it really liked it Nov 05, Thanks for this comment. Anonymous 27 December at Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here 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.

He currently lives in Dakar, Senegal.

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. Unfortunately for Baako, his family has high expectations. He is hounded into madness by his family because what he brings back from his studies in America is not the instant return of material possessions and prestige which they expect of him, but a moral idealism which protests at the selfish materialism they have absorbed from Western culture.

Thus Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas. Nana Fredua-Agyeman 24 August at First of all, I get heartened when “old” works are brought back into the light of day.

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