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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Published December 1st by The Feminist Press first published My Own True Ghost Story.

Women of the African Culture Yanez. I thought this was an interesting detail to include.

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Chicha almost symbolizes us as readers looking into a typical relationship of their culture. It was a beautifully written book that made me feel the African vibe. January 18, 2: 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.

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 her critique of the national bourgeoisie and her occasional portrayal of this swweetness as dependents of Western powers who do not necessarily act autonomously but rather at the bequest of Imperialist powers.


As I passed the old people, they shouted their greetings.

Considering her social status, her son is the only thing of real value to her, and without him she loses it all. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I’ve always been curious about how much of our cultural baggage we bring to what and how we read.

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The library shelves were full of donated copies of English Romantic Poets, European explorations of Africa, and outdated United States history textbooks. What makes the overall treatment of women so different in different parts of Africa?

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. She was sitting on a low stool with her load before her.

What makes this story so aiidoo Perhaps some woman is sitting at some corner envying you. Mar 03, Adam Boisvert rated it really liked it.

Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here

The boy is not very handsome really. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. It does what I think all good literature should: Her smile was wonderful flashing whiteness.

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. Even if one does not feel happy, one must have some yam for old Ahor. The Future of New Writing.


No Sweetness Here | Women of the African Diaspora & the Short Story

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. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Yet I always went away with the image of her quivering mouth and unshed tears in my mind. The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights. One of the most thoughtful and adept collection of short stories I’ve come across. Maami Ama loved her son; and wseetness is a silly statement, as silly as saying Maami Ama is a woman. Chicha appears to be very intrigued with Maami Ama and the happenings of her life.