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I like the way the this author writes. After nearly yai years in the US, Baako returns back home, with hopes to build his writing career and help his nation with his newly acquired skills.

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Is it the ostentatious goodies so all can believe that they have indeed travelled? The author’s descriptive abilities are amazing indeed and the gallery of characters unfold easily, if disturbingly. Furthermore, Fragments uses almost explicit references to French existentialists, as well as Chinua Achebe, that come off awkwardly.


However it makes a brilliant turn by not laying the blame solely on Africa’s “blind leaders” but also points out the fail Am not a kweo 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.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? No trivia or quizzes yet. You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. His family, more pragmatic, expects an elite resume to convert frwgments power and wealth in the real world here and now. Wonderful reading, as I recall. Sounds like it shows cultural expectations and how people expect certain things whether they are for the better of frafments or not.

Will definitely consider reading again. The beginning chapter reads: What is the most important thing that Africans who travel outside the continent to say, the United States, can bring home?

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GhanaNovelRating: I suggest you reread the book again as the theme of alienation is even much more prevalent in the novel. Trivia About Fragments Africa Email required Address never made public. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. And so while Brempong brings so many goodies for his family, Baako carries almost nothing materialistic.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Thus Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas. Ivan Roberts-Davis rated it really liked it Aug 28, Open Preview See a Problem?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But there are two leading metaphors.

Unable to harmonize contervailing needs with wider social aspirations, both family and individual drift toward confrontation and inexorable loss. January 11, at 7: Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

This is the clumsiest theme of the book, and Fragmennts pop-psychologizing is a bit embarrassing. You may also like our Facebook page: 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?