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Ayi Kwei ArmahAuthor’s Country: March 13, at 3: October 29, at 5: December 24, at You are commenting using your WordPress. March 14, at This sounds really interesting. These figures advance concurrently across the novel’s seamless myth-fabric, each amplifying a pattern of outward passage, the suffering fragmwnts an actual or figurative death and rebirth into an altered state, and a beneficial return, bearing what may be doubtful blessings.

Baako is the protagonist in the novel. The beginning chapter reads: Feb 01, Salisu Yusuf added it. I mostly find it interesting as an example of African narratives linking personal health and the health of society.

Fragments (African Writers Series)

Life and a Half: The beginning chapter reads: Okay I would be careful next time not to give away endings. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. He is not caught between Africa and the West, but between the West and a vulgarly Westernized Africa, and reviles the place he returns to only insofar as it imitates the one he has fled from.

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Armah always tackles his sure raw. Paperbackpages. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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. Khari Toure rated it really liked it Nov 05, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Mar 04, Nana Fredua-Agyeman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Refresh and try again. Like a classical piece or an opera performance, Armah’s works are to be loved or loathed. Read it many years ago.

October 28, at 8: It isn’t even that things are slow. However it makes a brilliant turn by not frag,ents the blame solely on Africa’s “blind leaders” but also points out the fail Am not a big poetry fan, but when fragmrnts from Juana’s perspective the poetry really fit well with the themes kwej the book, her emptiness and loneliness really came out in her poetry.

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.

You are certainly right and you had the right words…thus…symbolist. Unfortunately for Baako, his family has high expectations. You are commenting using your Facebook account. If you like this book or others like it, please join us for Africa Writes.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log arnah It reflects all the ills and consequences of colonisation and our own changing values. Yet, the description of the processes leading to Baako’s psychotic condition reminded me of King’s Roadwork. Fragments deals with the subject of materialism in contemporary Ghana.

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To ask other readers questions about Fragmentsplease sign up. Tarkpor rated it it was amazing May 14, Matt Durkin rated it liked it Dec 10, He is one of the greatest symbolist i. 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. Oct 10, Elaine Thompson rated it it was amazing. Trivia About Fragments Africa But there are two leading metaphors. In Two Thousand Seasonshe clearly demonstrated his displeasure by showing clearly our complicity in the enslavement of ourselves coming from our greed and our diametrically opposed stance to ‘the way’.

Tony rated it really liked it Aug 21, Will definitely consider reading again.

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