This book is in my opinion one of the most important works of African literature to be read, as much as for example Things Fall Apart by Achebe. Armah produces a more exclusive focus on the corruption that is rife in postcolonial Ghana. For those who do not know much about the corruption, this novel is thus enlightening and the narrator's scepticism yet ardent hope for the future is what draws you into the book.
There are parts in the book which are so beautiful that leave you feeling that even a film could not provide a more powerful and sweeping image than the book. However, although this is a novel, images are what strike you as important when reading it, particularly those that display the allure of money, status and power that Armah succesfully exposes.
The man in the novel is never named and this is an important aspect of the book for you to think about. After reading this novel, it can never be forgotten because it is intense and although often the narrator describes a wasteland it is ironically his values and persona that seem beautiful. This is what leaves you feeling sad that the narrator and other characters do not have what they deserve in their lives. So although the future of the country is undecided, Armah displays the power of the human spirit and the values of society as being of utmost importance for the future of postcolonial Ghana.