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 titular story, No Sweetness Here Ama Ata Aidoo is currently my favorite writer of African Literature which might not be saying much, since I make no claims of being familar with the genre. He is not dull, at least not too dull, which means he does not get more cane-lashes than the rest of his mates The title should be at least 4 characters long.

This book was particularly meaningful to me during my first alienating months in America. Even though he is only one, consider those who have none at all. The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights.

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.

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.


No trivia or quizzes yet. There is a keen but understated longing for the past in these stories.

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No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! This says a tremendous amount about social dynamics and the status of women in the village. The title itself exemplifies the bitter disillusionment of the post-independence years and the period surrounding Nkrumah’s brutal reign and subsequent overthrow in Ghana. Oct 24, Anna rated it liked it. It also looks as the views of both men and women, elders and children, and this seeetness blend gives a very universal flavor to her themes and messages.

I dislike the idea of literature as anthropology, and yet I rather unreasonably wanted my roommates to read this book as anthropology — as a follow-up to Things Fall Apartas a way of making myself less of an unpleasant surprise.

The stories in No Sweetness Here, of post-independence Ghana in the s, are written beautifully and wisely and with great subtlety.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reads ‘No Sweetness Here’ by Ama Ata Aidoo | Books | The Guardian

As Herre passed the old people, they shouted their greetings. Jason Hood rated it liked it Jan 16, January 18, 8: 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. I suspect we bring a lot, although we like to think we don’t. Dec 15, TruEssence rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s actually made me love Ama Ata Aidoo so much more than I already did.

This shows the traditional values of the society. Topics Short stories Guardian short stories podcast. January 18, 2: Your purchase helps support NPR programming. The characters lie uneasily between old and new, live in rural and heer areas, and struggle to deal with the unpleasant surprises of independence.


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Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here

Aidoo is too good a writer to paint with overly broad brush strokes. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

She currently lives in Ghana, where in she established the Mbaasem Foundation to promote and support the work of African women sweetneas. Colonial and Postcolonial Fiction in English. Return to Book Page. The slang can be hard to keep up with, but for the most part this is very accessible to a Western audience unfamiliar with the context of these stories.

They need more money, and so he makes a sacrifice to leave sweetnees order to get a better job. Some of the stories deal with village life and some have a more urban setting and many deal with a character transitioning from one to the otherbut they all present an Africa that is modern and changing.

One of the most thoughtful and adept collection of short stories I’ve come across. Oh, that picture is still vivid in my mind.