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The Clothes of Nakedness (African Writers) Paperback – May 19, 1998

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Evil lurks in the streets of Accra, Ghana, and it goes by the name of Mystique Mysterious. He can turn the sober to drink, persuade the faithful to cheat and rally the masses to hysteria. Unfortunately, he can also bore the reader to tears in Ghanaian-American Kwakye's debut?which, despite the inherent interest of its setting, fails to engage our sympathies with its flat characters, wooden dialogue and lack of naturalistic motivations. A suspenseless cautionary tale of greed and excess, this allegory introduces its abstractly villainous Mephistopheles to an Accra suburb, where he proceeds to destroy the lives of as many townspeople as possible by introducing free narcotics to drug-free clubs and extorting money from men after finding them employment. Showing neither irony nor subtlety, the plot itself is weighed down by its predictability and overwhelming preachiness, leaving the reader with an unsatisfying and forced conclusion.
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...offers a powerful insight into the vulnerability of human nature and Ghanaian life. -- Orbit

The Clothes of Nakedness is a modern fable from stunning new Ghanaian author Benjamin Kwakye. -- Wanderlust

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Product Details

  • Series: African Writers
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; First Edition edition (May 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435912011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435912017
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,553,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an amazing piece of work. Through Mystique Mysterious, the author leads us down exciting and revealing paths that illustrate man's inhumanity against man. It is impossible to do the novel adequate justice with such short review. All I can say is, it has amazing depth and builds up in suspense and then leads to a completely unexpected conclusion. A must read.
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