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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As she says, “don’t be shocked if – when victory is won – they n you to the veil as part of the process for consolidating the gains of the revolution.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads ‘No Sweetness Here’ by Ama Ata Aidoo

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She writes from both the male and female perspective as well as child’s perspective, giving insight into many aspects of Ghanian culture during a time of great change. The Future of New Writing.

Of course I also hoped that they would love the stories.

We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Sadly, Chicha had to witness the poor treatment the mother and son received from the father. But thank you, I should be grateful for Kwesi. Clearly not my sort of book. Everything Good Will Come. The characters lie uneasily between old and new, live in rural and urban areas, and struggle to deal with the unpleasant surprises of independence. 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.

Jul 28, Tove rated it it was ok. Murder in the Tower of Happiness. Also, if family is such an important value within the African community, why had Kodjo Fi neglected his first wife and son, Kwesi? Later, I began to suspect that this was because, apart from the movie Tarzan, all they knew of Africa was Chinua Achebe’s magnificent novel Things Fall Apartwhich they read in high school.


January 18, 2: To readers, she appears to have several Western characteristics that separate her from the other members of the village. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot. No Sweetness Here is a collection of eleven short stories set in post-colonial Ghana.

I cannot help but think there is a lot of truth to what Aidoo is saying here. Or that you cannot be both without also being a socialist. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Lists with This Book. Image Courtesy of Chimamanda Adichie hide caption. Mar 03, Adam Boisvert rated it really liked it.

I have a soft spot for her the themes and the subjects she takes on. Talking through the Door. Look at Kwesi, how many mothers qta boast of such a son? Life is a battle. She definitely represents the more traditional aspects of society as she sweetbess not show any resistance when he insists on attaining custody of their son. This shows the traditional values of the society.

She would look scandalized, pleased and alarmed all in one fleeting moment. She was sitting on a low stool with her load before her. She divides her time between New Haven, Conn.

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They make certain sacrifices and take chances in order to help them out. You submitted the following rating and review.

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This is the first occurrence we are shown of the great mistreatment the some wives endured, as well as the aidooo occurrence of a divorce within an African society. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Fiction. Oh, that picture is still vivid in my mind. A house servant wonders what independence means in a country where indoor plumbing is still reserved for bosses. Olive Trees Around My Table. Obviously, this is a cultural issue sdeetness probably more to do with me than that the quality of the book.


When does Jehovah pump the breaks, or is this all fate?

It was always the Fanticised form of the English. 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 yere vast majority of the population.

Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here

After all it is not often that a man offers himself as a sacrifice to the gods to save his people from pestilence. Maami has one son, Kwesi, whom she loved hwre than anything. Hybridity and Initiation in Kureishi’s ‘Buddha of Suburbia’. Jan 19, viola rated it liked it Shelves: It was a beautifully written book that made me feel the African vibe.

Another thing I find refreshing about this collection of plays are the different variations on form that Aidoo plays with. She started humming a religious lyric. Why would a divorce, which is a bitter ceremony, take place on a holiday?

Similar to other stories we have been reading, there is an obvious underlying theme of gender inequality as the women in this society are used to raise children and serve little purpose in the house otherwise aside from minimal basic chores.