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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The title should be at least 4 characters long. In the end, only one of my roommates read the book. The Swetness of Blond People. This is the first occurrence we are shown of the great mistreatment the some wives endured, as well as the first occurrence of a divorce within an African society.

Traditional customs imply concepts of women adhering to the demands of men without question or hesitation. Madiba and Other Poems. She was left alone, hopeless, with no man to comfort here anymore. More ways to listen. How does this compare to the treatment of wives by their husbands in the US in the 19th century? Aidoo has a wonderful ear for dialogue, and the rhythms and cadence of the language here make it rewarding to read aloud.

Published inand written over eight years in the period that led up to and immediately followed the military overthrow of the Kwame Nkrumah government inNo Sweetness Here, is in many aidoi 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 up to its promises and the continuation even after independence of many forms of Western imperialism in the newly founded nations.


Would recommend this to everyone!! But if sweetnwss say so, I won’t object to hitting that soft flesh of yours. Aidoo has a fantastic sly wit and humour and she does not hit you over the head with her “message”, but after you have greedily finished each story in her collection, you sit back and realise that you have been through an intellectual experience as well.

Abbey rated it really liked it Jun 26, Hybridity and Initiation in Kureishi’s ‘Buddha of Suburbia’. Reprinted by permission of Feminist Press. After all it is not often that a man offers himself as a sacrifice to the gods to save his people from pestilence. Apr 30, Boakye is currently reading it. These 11 stories explore a lot of universal themes, like tradition vs. 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 xidoo African writing.

A little warming-up on a cold morning wouldn’t do him any harm. Everything Good Will Come. They also seemed disappointed, as if they had been expecting a real African and then had me turn up.

Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here

May 22, Kristine rated it liked it Recommended to Kristine by: She was sitting on a low stool with her load before her. Now, facing the matter of divorce, Aisoo fears that she will lose her son for her husband will take him away from her.

Birthed from Scorched Hearts. Well, they are the best of the lot. As far as I am concerned, the process, not the process, the decay of Africa’s social, political and economic systems is directly related to the complete marginalization of women from developmental discourses. Olive Trees Around My Table. Sep 01, Fornia rated it did not like it. Another thing I find refreshing about this collection of plays are the different variations on form that Aidoo plays with.


Please review your cart. She started humming a religious ni. Heard on All Things Considered. After all, the yams are quite big. What The Doves Said: You should not say such things.

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Paperbackpages. The characters were well defined, relatable and simply fantastic. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Item s unavailable for purchase. Apr 02, Karen A. Chicha is the main character and narrartor of the story. It was a comfort — its familiarity, the way it captured ideas I understood but would never have been able to capture myself.

Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. The Joys of Motherhood: We saw that happen, just as Chicha did. What will I do, Chicha, what would I do, should something happen to my child?

sweteness He was never around, and you would expect him to be around because Maami was his first wife. Although I think they are incorporating more African literature into the curriculum, there is definitely a shortage of literature appreciation in the Ghanaian community until reaching the university level which is not an option for the vast majority of the population.

Ama Ata Aidoo is the best one to describe this change and what it brings to the lives of the people How to listen to podcasts: She does not at all suggest that the past was perfect, and there is no romanticizing of culture.

And although she didn’t say so, I’m hefe that it made her think and laugh as well.