The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born

by Ayi Kwei Armah.Houghton Mifflin, $4.95. As a novel, the book is rather sloppily constructed, with too much dependence on flashbacks and editorializing interruptions. As a protest and lament, however, it is exceptionally moving, for the Ghanaian author describes his own country with a mixture of desperation and contempt while clearly loathing the necessity for doing so.