The Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born

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Heinemann, 1988 - Fiction - 183 pages
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This novel is a treatment of the theme of corruption wrought by poverty. It is the story of an upright man resisting the temptations of easy bribes and easy satisfactions and winning for his honesty nothing but scorn even from those he loves.

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Referenced in "Ade: A Love Story" by Rebecca Walker. - Goodreads
Fortunately, the writing is good enough to pull it off. - Goodreads
A piece of advice: don't read it while you're eating.) - Goodreads

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Depressing expose of post-colonial Africa... illustrates how the liberation struggle(s) merely removed one set of masters (white) for another (black) despite promises made by the liberators ... Read full review

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

a thoroughly revealing book about the rot in publicly managed corporations in post-colonial Africa(Ghana) and how family and social pressures gets an employee entangled in the cobweb of corruption. His sad fate of leaving his family behind as he runs from the law. a good read by all measure. Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Ayi Kwei Armah was born in Takoradi, Ghana, in 1939. He was educated at the elite Achimota College, near Accra, and received a degree in sociology from Harvard University in 1963. Upon leaving Harvard he become actively involved in the struggle for African liberation of Algeria, which had just emerged from its armed struggle for independence from France. In Algeria, Armah worked as a translator for the magazine Revolution Africaine until his health failed toward the end of 1963. After a five-month hospitalization in Boston, Massachusetts, he returned to Ghana in 1964. Armah's first novel, The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968), deals with political corruption in a newly independent African nation. The capital of this nation resembles Accra, the capital of his native Ghana. The novel is generally felt to be about the last years of Nkrumah's government. In Fragments (1970), his largely autobiographical second novel, Armah illustrates the difficulties of an intellectual in a culture oriented toward material possessions. His third novel, Why Are We So Blest? (1972), is considered largely an attempt to probe the complex relation of colonizer and colonized-between the European and the African. His most ambitious novel published so far is his fourth, Two Thousand Seasons (1973). Armah has lived and traveled in various parts of Africa, beginning in 1970. He has taught at several universities in Africa and the United States. He currently lives in Dakar, Senegal.

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