Set in s Ghana, No Sweetness Here and Other Stories is a collection of eleven short stories from Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo. Aidoo’s. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie admires the ‘old-fashioned social realism’ of Ama Ata Aidoo’s ‘No Sweetness Here’. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only.

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Ama Ata Aidoo really portrayed the pain these women go through in this story particularaly. She writes from both the male and female perspective as well as ho perspective, giving insight into many aspects of Ghanian culture during a time of great change.

But their teacher had forgotten to tell them that Things Fall Apart was set in the Nigeria of a hundred years ago. The door opened, facing the village, and so I could see her.

I always loved to see her moving quietly about her work. Books by Ama Ata Aidoo. While Aidoo, certainly does not absolve the national bourgeoisie of responsibility for the failure of national liberation to improve the lives of the majority of people and avidly critiques them; there is a certain tension between aidol critique of the national bourgeoisie and her occasional portrayal of this class as dependents of Western powers who do not necessarily act autonomously but rather at the bequest of Imperialist powers.

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No Sweetness Here and Other Stories by Ama Ata Aidoo

a,a Bored with their own company, they sprawl in the market-place or by their own walls. What can we do? Why is Maami treated so poorly? I dislike the idea of literature as anthropology, and yet I rather unreasonably wanted my roommates to read this book as anthropology — as a follow-up to Things Fall Apartas a way of making myself less of an unpleasant surprise.

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These short stories have quite the range of perspectives to give a broad picture of what it looks like to be Ghanaian, whether you are living in a small village in the north or are living the city life of Accra. She definitely represents the more traditional aspects of society as she does not show any resistance when he insists on attaining custody of their son.

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Refresh and try again. Lloyd rated it it was amazing. The title itself exemplifies the bitter disillusionment of the post-independence years and the period surrounding Nkrumah’s brutal reign and subsequent overthrow in Ghana.

Even if one does not feel happy, heer must have some yam for old Ahor. Goodreads nere you keep track of books you want to read. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Birthed from Scorched Hearts. This site uses cookies. My watch read 4: Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews.

We appreciate your feedback. Maami Ama loved her son; and this is a silly statement, as silly as saying Maami Ama is a woman.

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Then he would go on to the assets of education, especially female education, ending up with quoting Dr. Translation as a central topic in Salman Rushdie s novel the Satanic Verses. His eyes were of the kind that always remind one of the long dream on a hot afternoon.

Your purchase helps support NPR programming. One’s yams reflect the total sum of one’s life. No Sweetness Here is a collection of eleven short stories set in post-colonial Ghana. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You. Of particular importance to Aidoo in her work is the specific status of women in Ghanaian society, their continued oppression and the failure of national liberation struggles to address these issues.


No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

For the very young and very old, it is certainly evening, for they’ve stayed at home all day and they begin to persuade themselves that the day is ending. A handful of the stories themselves I did like, but most of them fell flat for me—they felt quite dated, what may well have been new and fresh in the 60s just failing to capture me now. From the author of Changes: Published December 1st by The Feminist Press first published While the story highlights the overall terrible pedestal women are held upon in Ghanaian society I feel this story beautiful represents Greek tragedy in the styles of African writing.

Paperbackpages. Maami Ama’s hut was at one end of the village and the school was sweeetness the other. Danielle rated it really hree it Feb 06, I’ve always been curious about how much of our cultural noo we bring to what and how we read.

The titular story, No Sweetness Here Ama Ata Aidoo is currently my favorite writer of African Literature which might not be saying much, since I make no claims of being familar with the genre. Traditional weddings in Ghana have always been full of what one character tells us is misguided foolishness. I’m still not a big lover of short stories, but I do think this collection showcases a great voice coming out of West Africa.

Clearly not my sort of book.