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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No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

From the author of Changes: When does Jehovah pump the breaks, or is this all fate? 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 of African writing.

The characters were well defined, relatable and simply fantastic. After that we were quiet for a while.

No Sweetness Here – Summary Summary & Analysis

She divides her time between New Haven, Conn. They also seemed disappointed, as if they had been expecting a real African and then had me turn up. If there is no sweetness, there is the salt essential to life, even if it comes from tears, and the strength that comes from a history of endurance.


The Best American Travel Writing They are well-taken care of, and have all that they need. In an essay written inAidoo bitterly critiques the betrayal of women, who frequently fought side by side with men, by the leaders of national liberation movements and other revolutionary struggles.

No Sweetness Here is the kind of old-fashioned social realism I have always been drawn to in fiction, and it does what I think all good literature should: The Arrival How to survive in America.

Well-written and, at times, funny.

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 class as dependents of Western powers who do not necessarily act autonomously but rather at the bequest of Imperialist powers.


In this collection, Ama Aita Aidoo explores postcolonial life in Ghana with her characteristic honesty and humor. Would recommend this to everyone!! She maintains an aversion swedtness the term ‘post-colonial’, insisting on the continued presence of colonialism in African society, as she says, “Post what?

Aug 04, Jessica rated it liked it.

He was never around, and you would expect him to be around because Maami was his first wife. I had the opportunity to do research at a secondary school ajdoo Ghana and found that this was more true than not.

Maami has been unhappily married to Kodjo Fi for seven years and we are informed sweetnesss a divorce will take place on Ahobaada, a day of rejoice. The only reason he stole was because he felt he needed more for himself and his wives.

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories by Ama Ata Aidoo

Her son was first taken away, and then killed. It was descriptive and understanding in addition to having a whole pile of lessons to teach. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Or that you cannot be both without also being a amw. Please review your cart. 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.

The Undocumented Mark Steyn. Swretness 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

One’s yams reflect the total sum of one’s life. And mine look wretched enough. The Shenaas-Nameh Book Three. The fact that this woman ara has nothing at all, witnesses the cruel act as the universe that blankets her very world. Neglected and ignored for the majority of the duration of their marriage, Maami was forced to raise Kwesi on her own with little to no help from her husband.


Over this riot of colours the little woman’s eyes were fixed, absorbed, while the tiny hands delicately picked the pepper.

And although she didn’t say so, I’m certain that it made her think and laugh as well. Chau rated it really liked it Oct 12, As I passed the old people, they shouted their greetings.

Craig Pettit- rated it it was ok Sep 12, Want to Read saving…. One of the most thoughtful and adept collection of short stories I’ve come across.

So this evening too, I was delayed: They felt aat real to the extent t This book was so unexpected!!! Books by Ama Ata Aidoo. He was beautiful, but that was not important. I am now intrigued to read more of her work.

It was always the Fanticised form of qta English. Hwre children begin to whimper for their mothers, for they are tired with playing “house. Only I can’t help fearing, can I? Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She currently lives in Ghana, where in she established the Mbaasem Foundation to promote and support the work of African women writers.

At the time of this story, he had just turned ten years old.

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