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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Chicha is an educated woman who acts as a schoolhouse teacher for the children in her village.

I suspect we bring a lot, although we like to think we don’t. 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. Then there were the gay vegetables, the scarlet pepper, garden eggs, golden pawpaw and crimson tomatoes.

Why would a divorce, which is a bitter ceremony, take place on a holiday?

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Dec 15, TruEssence rated it really liked it Shelves: The stories in No Sweetness Here, of post-independence Ghana in the s, are written beautifully and wisely and with great subtlety. Beautifully written short stories about the life and modern day struggles of ordinary people in Africa.

Then he would go on to the assets of education, especially female education, ending up with quoting Dr. In “Everything Counts Aidoo does a great job of showing some of the current issues that are at the heart of modernization in Ghana today.

Of course I also hoped that they would love the stories. What makes this story so different? They also seemed disappointed, as if they had been expecting a real African and then had me turn up. Tradition wrestles with new urban influences as Africans try to sort out their identity in a changing culture.


Even though he is only one, consider those who have none at all. Everything Good Will Come. Over this riot of colours the little woman’s eyes were fixed, absorbed, while the tiny hands delicately picked the pepper. But we increasingly need our readers to fund our work. Aidoo does a great job of showing some of the current issues that are at the heart of modernization in Ghana today.

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A brother tracks down his runaway sister only to find she has become a prostitute. Dec 26, Catherine Mustread rated it liked it Shelves: He was never around, and you would expect him to be around because Maami was his first wife. These 11 stories explore a lot of universal themes, like tradition vs.

Not only were Maami and Kwesi neglected, but they were also separated. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He is not dull, at least not too dull, which herw he does not get more cane-lashes than the rest of his mates However, after time, we see that Maami merely accepts the fact sqeetness he has the power to take him away, and is willing to give him up without a fight.

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories

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The review must be at least 50 characters long. Mel rated it liked it Jan 23, But girding that entertainment value is substance, solid and interesting and true. Maami Ama loved her son; and this is a silly statement, as silly as saying Maami Ama is a woman.


My watch read 4: My Own True Ghost Story. The characters were well defined, relatable and simply fantastic. Do sit down, there’s a stool in the corner.

Later, I began to suspect that this was because, apart from the movie Tarzan, all they knew of Africa was Chinua Achebe’s magnificent novel Things Fall Apartwhich they read in high school. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. The Best American Travel Writing Another thing I find refreshing about this collection atq plays are the hede variations on form that Aidoo plays with.

As her son is bit by this snake, her very future, the one small glimpse of hope she has that he could remain in her life is quickly extinguished.

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Want to Read saving…. It was a beautifully written book that made me feel the African vibe. This shows the traditional values of the society. He was beautiful, but that was not important.

I enjoyed the short stories in this book. It also looks as the views of both men and women, elders and children, and this unique blend gives a very universal flavor to her themes and messages.