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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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To readers, she appears to have several Western characteristics that separate her from the other members of the village. Over this riot of colours the little woman’s eyes were fixed, absorbed, while the tiny hands delicately picked the pepper.

The door opened, facing the village, and so I could see her. These 11 stories explore a lot of universal themes, like tradition vs. The children begin to whimper for their mothers, for they are tired with playing “house.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Maami Ama loved her son; and this is a silly statement, as silly as saying Maami Ama is a woman. Chicha enjoys spending afternoons visiting Maami Ama, the mother of one of her favorite students, Kwesi. In this short story collection, the award-winning poet and author of Changes and Our Sister Killjoy explores postcolonial life in Ghana with her characteristic honesty, humor, and insight.

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 of West Africa.


Next were the plantain, of the green colour of the woods from which they came. It is against this background that Aidoo’s No Sweetness Here must be read. Her son was first taken away, and then killed. Image Courtesy of Chimamanda Adichie hide caption.

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 title should be at least 4 characters long. He was beautiful, but that was not important. She divides her time between New Haven, Conn.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. In this collection, Ama Aita Aidoo explores postcolonial life in Ghana with her characteristic honesty and humor.

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

The fact that this woman who has nothing at all, witnesses the cruel act as the universe that blankets her very world. No Sweetness Here is a collection of eleven short stories set in post-colonial Ghana.


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This shows the traditional values of the society. Letter to My Daughter. Beauty does not play such a vital role in a man’s life as it does in a woman’s, or so people think.

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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. How does this compare to the treatment of wives by their husbands in the US in the 19th century? Life on a Carousel. ana

His skin was as smooth as shea-butter and as dark as charcoal. Everything Good Will Come.

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If there is no sweetness, there is hre salt essential to life, even if it comes from tears, and the strength that comes from a history of endurance. Madiba and Other Poems. This is the first occurrence we are shown of the great mistreatment the sweetmess wives endured, as well as the first occurrence of a divorce within an African society. Translation as a central topic in Salman Rushdie s novel the Satanic Verses.

One of the most thoughtful and adept collection of short stories I’ve come across.