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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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Danielle rated it really liked it Feb 06, 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.

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Apr 30, Boakye is currently reading it. She would look scandalized, pleased and alarmed all in one fleeting moment. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. It was descriptive and understanding in addition to having a whole pile of lessons to teach.

An African Education in ‘No Sweetness Here’

The Future of New Writing. This story underlines the poor treatment of women in Ghana. 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 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 up to its promises and the continuation even after independence of many forms of Western imperialism in the newly founded nations.


The fact sweetnss this woman who has nothing at all, witnesses the cruel act as the universe that blankets her very world. The settings were all fit each story perfectly, took me to the old times even way before I was born.

Aug 27, Siria rated it it was ok Shelves: They need more money, and so he makes a sacrifice to leave in order to get a better job.

As she says, “don’t be shocked if – when victory is won – they return you to the veil as part of the process for consolidating the gains of the revolution. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: She was left alone, hopeless, with no man to comfort here anymore.

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Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here

Tradition wrestles with new urban influences as Africans try to sort out their identity in a changing culture. Mar 03, Adam Boisvert rated it really liked it. Mel rated it liked it Jan 23, 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. Perhaps some woman is sitting at some corner envying you.

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What The Doves Said: Then there were the gay vegetables, the scarlet pepper, garden eggs, golden pawpaw and crimson tomatoes. Aidoo presents the tale of a women and her son whom have been neglected by her husband. 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. The library shelves were full of donated copies of English Romantic Poets, European explorations of Africa, and outdated United States history textbooks.


His eyes were of the xma that always remind one of the long dream on a hot afternoon. I thought this was an interesting detail to include.

Herf, they are the best of the lot. But girding that entertainment value is substance, solid and interesting and true. 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.

Talking through the Door. He does not fight and therefore there is no chance of anyone beating him. Next were the plantain, of the green colour of the woods from which they came. Women of the African Culture Yanez. The Joys of Motherhood: Lists with This Book. A brother tracks aama his runaway sister only to find she has become a prostitute. Image Courtesy of Chimamanda Adichie hide caption. Aidoo’s writing is often sparse, but poignant.