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.

Author: Mikagal Daill
Country: Guatemala
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Finance
Published (Last): 13 March 2011
Pages: 406
PDF File Size: 15.61 Mb
ePub File Size: 2.70 Mb
ISBN: 790-3-61201-351-9
Downloads: 69113
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Zoloran

From the author of Changes: Birthed from Scorched Hearts. After that we were quiet for a while. She maintains an aversion to the term ‘post-colonial’, insisting on the continued presence of colonialism in African society, as she says, “Post what?

Similar 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. Why is Maami treated so poorly? In the end, only one of my roommates read the book. 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.

Join Kobo & start eReading today

You’ve successfully reported this review. Image Courtesy of Chimamanda Adichie hide caption. He was in Primary Class Four and quite tall for his age. Dec 15, TruEssence nere it really liked it Shelves: We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.


Books jo Ama Ata Aidoo. I have a soft spot for her the themes and the subjects she takes on. One character describes this as “desiring only nonsensical items from someone else’s factory;” another sees it as “people at home scrambling to pay exorbitant prices for secondhand clothes from America.

No Sweetness Here is the kind of old-fashioned social realism I have always been drawn to in fiction, and it does sweetbess I think all good literature should: Maami Ama’s hut was at one end of the village and the school was at the other.

Is it the fact that Westernized parts are revolved around money and Western customs?

Ama Ata Aidoo: No Sweetness Here

Her stories do a good job of pointing out what’s wrong while still being hopeful for the future. This says a tremendous amount about social dynamics and the status of women in the village.

Life on a Carousel. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work. Only I can’t help fearing, can I?

It was a beautifully written book that made me feel the African vibe. She does not at all suggest that the past was perfect, and there is no romanticizing of culture.


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. I loved my roommate’s response because it meant that this wonderful book had challenged some of her stock ideas about Africa. This book was so unexpected!!! Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. As she says, “don’t be shocked if – when victory is won – they return you to the veil as part of the process for consolidating the gains of the revolution.

She started humming a religious lyric.

An African Education in ‘No Sweetness Here’

Even heere he is only one, consider those who have none at all. For the very young and very old, it is certainly evening, for they’ve stayed at home all day and they begin to persuade themselves that the day is ending. Deidre rated it really liked it Dec 13,