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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The Shenaas-Nameh Book Three. Paperbackpages. What makes the overall treatment of women so different amma different parts of Africa? Ama Ata Aidoo’s first collection of short stories entitled No Sweetness Here is a sharp critique of the failure of Independence to actually liberate the majority of people in Ghana, demonstrating the bitter disillusionment that ensues as hopes for liberation are dashed and material conditions remain unchanged and unimproved for the majority of people in the new “post-colonial” Ghana.

However, after time, we see that Maami merely accepts the fact that he has the power to take him away, and is willing to give him up without a fight.

Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here

Nov 02, Khadija rated it it was amazing. 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. It also probably helps that I love Ghana. Jan 19, viola rated it liked it Shelves: Mel rated it liked it Jan 23, Deidre rated it really liked it Dec 13, And we want herw keep our journalism open and accessible to all.


Not only were Maami and Kwesi neglected, but they were also separated. Sep 01, Fornia rated it did not like it. Lists with This Book. Yet I always went away with the image of her quivering mouth and unshed tears in my mind.

At the time of this story, he had just turned ten years old. But thank you, I should be grateful for Kwesi. She would look scandalized, pleased and alarmed all in one fleeting moment.

Apr 28, roni rated it really liked it. Would you like us to take another look at this review? Craig Sweetnes rated it it was ok Sep 12, Of particular importance to Aidoo in her work is the specific status of women in Ghanaian society, their hege oppression and the failure of national liberation struggles to address these issues. While Wweetness, 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.

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

It was difficult for me to find points of contact with the characters and I felt no real empathy with any of them. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. If there is no sweetness, there i In this collection, Ama Aita Aidoo explores postcolonial life in Ghana with her characteristic honesty and humor.

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The Guardian is editorially independent. Maami Ama’s hut was at one end of the village and the school was at the other.

Reprinted by permission of Feminist Press. Took me to the characters’ world as well which was astounding if you ask me. Dec 28, Krysta Hand rated it really liked it.

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No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

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