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The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (African Writers Series, AWS43)

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A railway freight clerk in Ghana attempts to hold out against the pressures that impel him toward corruption in both his family and his country. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born is the novel that catapulted Ayi Kwei Armah into the limelight. The novel is generally a satirical attack on the Ghanaian society during Kwame Nkrumah’s regime and the period immediately after independence in the 1960s. It is often claimed to rank with Things Fall Apart as one of the high points of post-colonial African Literature.
Weight 0.35 kg

Ayi Kwei Armah




African Writers Series

1 review for The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (African Writers Series, AWS43)

  1. Nana Awere Damoah

    AG’s Book Adventures

    #BookReview: The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
    #Author: Ayi Kwei Armah 🇬🇭
    Type of work (Genre): Fiction
    Number of pages: 183
    Own or Borrowed: Own (purchased from @booknookbookstore)
    #ReadIt: at home

    #OverallImpressions: It was a good read although it didn’t quite meet my expectations. What I enjoyed most about it were the themes it tackled and the dialogues. I found it quite intriguing that the protagonist was never given a name making his character appear simultaneously forgettable and memorable. One effect of leaving him nameless is the sense I got that anyone could read themselves into his character and thus made him relatable. What I didn’t enjoy as much was the overly philosophical feel the book had especially in the earlier parts. I found myself zoning out too often and though I managed to read this book in under 48 hours, I imagine I would’ve been quicker if it kept me focused. I also have mixed feelings about how descriptive Armah is in this book. I felt he paid too much attention to it for comfort. However, the disgusting things he describes in great detail inspire you to want to do something about them (a good thing) which I suspect was his goal all along. In the end, it’s a good book though depressing in its themes especially since once again, it feels like not much has changed in present day Ghana since the overthrowing of Nkrumah.

    #SomethingThatStoodOut: the cover art and the title. I love the quirkiness of the artwork and how it captures important themes in the book about materialism and corruption. The title is interesting because of the deliberate misspelling of “Beautyful”. The connection to the story didn’t become apparent till the very last page of the book. I found it a bit too subtle though this isn’t a bad thing.

    #OverallRating:🖋🖋🖋 (out of 5 fountain pens).

    Recommend or nah: I do recommend it. It’s a classic that paints a good picture of what Ghana was like in the first decade post independence.

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