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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January 18, 8: She started humming a religious lyric. The past was not, in other words, one in which things were necessarily better — and Aidoo herself might question the usefulness of “better” or “worse” as categories — but rather a past that is longed for only because it was created by Africans themselves without the power dynamics of colonialism.

Bored with their own company, they sprawl in the market-place or by their own walls. 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. Return to Book Page.

You’ve successfully reported this review. Story of the Prince’s Friend. Sep 28, Rachel Rueckert rated it really liked it Shelves: And we want to keep our journalism open and accessible to all. Dec 28, Krysta Hand rated it really liked it. The boy is not very handsome really. While it cannot be denied that imperialism and Western intervention continues to effect Ghanaian society, economy and politics obvious examples of this are IMF and World Bank interventions it must be recognized that the national bourgeoisie is not necessarily forced into accepting these conditions but rather frequently have an interest in complying with these.


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Aidoo has a wonderful ear for dialogue, and the rhythms and cadence of the language here make it rewarding to read aloud. This shows the traditional values of the society. The characters lie uneasily between old and new, live in rural and urban areas and struggle to deal with the unpleasant surprises of independence. The Undocumented Mark Steyn. He was beautiful, but that was not important.

There is a keen but understated longing for the past in these stories. The emphasis that Aidoo places on the concept of neo-colonialism must however, be problematized, for it in a sense absolves the national bourgeoisie of responsibility for the problems in post-independence Ghana and tends to minimize the effects of the very real shift of power that occurs with independence as power is transferred from the colonial ruling class to the national one.

Paperbackpages. They felt so real to the extent t This book was so unexpected!!! 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Only an immodest girl like me would dare comment on a boy’s beauty. Trivia About No Sweetness Here Aidoo presents the tale of a women and her son whom have been neglected by her husband.

There is a keen but understated longing for the past in these stories, but Aidoo is too good a writer to paint with overly broad brush strokes. The Arrival How to survive in America.

Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here

I had the opportunity to do research at a secondary school in Ghana and found that this was more true than not. Apr 02, Karen A. They also seemed disappointed, as if they had been expecting a real African and then had me turn up.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He was very special to both Chicha and Maami.

Heard on All Things Considered. What can we do? Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Her smile was wonderful flashing whiteness. What will I do, Chicha, what would I do, should something happen to my child?

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