Although the traditional value systems persist they persist in altered and debased forms, and are often as potent a source of pressure and corruption as the new. For Armah then there is only a marginal comfort in the past.... There is no nostalgia in Armah's treatment of Naana. Her world cannot be restored. Its systems and patterns were effective and valuable, but they have been perverted into the modern myth of the 'shiny things' of consumer dreams.^
Wright, Derek, Fragments: The cargo connection, Kunapipi, 7(1), 1985.