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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This is the clumsiest theme of the book, and Armah’s pop-psychologizing is a bit embarrassing. Katy rated it liked it May 20, The prose is classic Armah – long, verbose and poetic.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. Okay I would be careful next time not to give away endings. Zyi of all, I get heartened when “old” works are brought back into the light of day.

The beginning chapter reads: That is how all living things come back after long absences, and in the whole great world all things are living things. In this book, one gets an even stronger feeling that the character is based on Armah himself. The urbanized Africa depicted in Fragments is crazed by a lust for commodities and status, and the uncritical eye is overwhelmed by the aggressive beauty of externals: He currently lives in Dakar, Senegal.


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Joel rated it it was amazing Fragmennts 01, The relatives who expected much in return. In that novel he referred us as Ostentatious Cripples, and those who went into the service of the White Predators as Askaris or Zombies.

Wonderful reading, as I recall. You may also like our Facebook page: English Choose a language for shopping. All that goes returns. 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.

This plot in the hands of some novelists might end up a boring piece. 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. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

March 13, at 3: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Juana had her own set of problems, yet she was the one Baako could confide in. Tony rated it fragmenst liked it Aug 21, This is a powerful novel that ties personal warfare, love, greed, and excitement into an amazing storyline.

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Read more Read less. November 4, at My father returned to Ghana during that period, and we were small children, but I understand what he is describing.


Between andhe was editor of Jeune Afrique magazine in Paris. Email required Address never made public. His family, more pragmatic, expects ayl elite resume to convert into power and wealth in the real world here and now. What then would be the importance of their educational sojourn in a foreign country? Mar 21, Philisiwe Twijnstra rated it it was amazing. Like a classical piece or an opera performance, Armah’s works are to be loved or loathed.

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It’s a great book that tells an all too familiar story of corruption and disillusionment. Mohammed Firdaoussi rated it really liked it Apr 27, Anonymous 28 January at Trivia About Fragments Africa You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.

One of the best books I ever read, Armahs writing style is incredible, so much attention to detail. Write a customer review. Thus Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas. After a five-month hospitalization fragmentts Boston, Massachusetts, he returned to Ghana in Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Armah always tackles his sure raw.