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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It is against this background that Aidoo’s No Sweetness Here must be read.
Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here
I’m still not a big lover of short stories, but I do think this collection showcases a great voice coming out o These 11 stories explore a lot of universal themes, like tradition vs. Neglected and ignored for the majority of the duration of their marriage, Maami was forced to raise Kwesi on her own with little to no help from her husband.
His eyes were of the kind that always remind one of the long dream on a hot afternoon. Clearly not my sort of book.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads ‘No Sweetness Here’ by Ama Ata Aidoo
Some of the stories deal with village life and some have a more urban setting and many deal with a character transitioning from one to the otherbut they all present an Africa that is modern and changing.
Westernization has spawned an unthinking consumerism in the characters, a desire for Western things often unwanted by the West itself. Powerful stories of life in Ghana, which I read while I was there in Like all the loads the other women would bring from the farms into their homes, it was colourful with miscellaneous articles.
Murder in the Tower of Happiness.
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So she gave them a collection of beautiful, complex Ghanaian stories called No Sweetness Here. The characters lie uneasily between sweetndss and new, live in rural and urban areas and struggle to deal sweetnsss the unpleasant surprises of independence. Deidre rated it really liked it Dec 13, Books by Ama Ata Aidoo. 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.
The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights. The characters lie uneasily between ajdoo and new, live in rural and urban areas, and struggle to deal with the unpleasant surprises of independence. So this evening too, I was delayed: It took her a while to finish it and when I asked what she thought, she said it wasn’t very African.
She definitely represents the more traditional aspects of society as she does not show any resistance when he insists on attaining custody of aidok son. It also probably helps that I love Ghana.
However, after time, we see that Maami merely accepts the fact that he has the power to take him away, and is willing to give him up without a fight. But I was a teacher, and I went the white man’s way. How to listen to podcasts: You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Published inand written over eight years in the period that led up to and sweetness followed the military overthrow of the Kwame Nkrumah government inNo Sweetness Here, is in many ways exemplary of the transition from expectation to disillusionment that occurs with the betrayal of ordinary people by the leaders of national liberation struggles, the failure of Independence to live sweetnses to its promises and the continuation even after independence of many forms of Western imperialism in the newly founded nations.
Over this riot of colours the little woman’s eyes were fixed, absorbed, while the tiny hands delicately picked the pepper. Topics Short stories Guardian short stories podcast. An african woman wants a divorce but loses her son due to the culture then after the son is bitten by a snake and dies.
This book was so unexpected!!! The evening was not yet come. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Bored with their own company, they sprawl in the market-place or by their own walls. I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You.
He was beautiful, but that was not important. It was always the Hre form of the English. Well, they are the best of the lot.
Aidoo argues that feminism should be put at the forefront of these struggles but not necessarily separated from them, saying, “you cannot even be a feminist if you are African without also being an African nationalist; do you see?
His black hair was as soft as his mother’s.
You should not say such things. Chicha appears to be very intrigued with Maami Ama and the happenings of her life. Ama Ata Aidoo is the best one to describe this change and what it brings to the lives of the people