The Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born

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Heinemann, 1988 - Fiction - 183 pages
57 Reviews
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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A rather depressing - but not inaccurate - account of the state of Ghana in the years after independence during Nkrumah's rule, while also touching on the time right before and after this period. Ayi ... Read full review

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The Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah is an eye-opening novel about the corruption and mismanagement that followed Ghana's independence under the rule of Kwame Nkrumah. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
14
Section 3
20
Section 4
35
Section 5
46
Section 6
62
Section 7
91
Section 8
100
Section 10
127
Section 11
140
Section 12
152
Section 13
155
Section 14
170
Section 15
180
Section 16
184
Copyright

Section 9
114

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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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