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 view of this snake to this individual is the idea of evil, shaking hete woman to her very foundation and questioning what exactly could she have done to have had this horrible effect of life crashing down upon her. His eyes were of the kind that always remind one of the long dream on a hot afternoon.

No Sweetness Here and Other Stories by Ama Ata Aidoo

Why would a divorce, which is a bitter ceremony, take place on a holiday? Maami Ama loved her son; and this is a silly statement, as silly as saying Maami Ama is a woman. An amazingly poetic insider’s look at thoughts, struggles, perspectives, lives of Ghanaians. Aidoo skillfully weaves the problems and conflicts of post-colonial and transitioning Ghana into the telling of stories of ordinary Ghanaians who are navigating this beautiful country cusped between tradition and modernity.

Story of the Prince’s Friend. Ama Ata Aidoo is the best one to describe this change and what it brings to the lives of the people Yet I always went away with the image of her quivering mouth and unshed tears in my mind.


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.

I suspect we bring a lot, although we like to think we don’t. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player.

While the main character of the Story is Chicha, her westernized teachings and experience play as the narrator of the overall story. Item s unavailable for purchase. These stories of Ghana in the s after independence are done so beautifully and so wisely and with such subtlety.

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Well, they are the best of the lot. They felt so real to the extent that I almost believed them to be alive. The Good Muslim of Jackson Heights. ajdoo

However, Maami gathered the strength to get out of this unhappy marriage to better herself. 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.

At the time of this story, he had just turned ten years old. We saw that happen, just as Bo did. Bicha ataa it did not like it Nov 04, What can we do? One of the most thoughtful and adept collection of short stories I’ve come across.

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.


He was in Primary Class Four and quite tall for his age.

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

I cannot help but think there is a lot of truth to what Aidoo is saying here. Jan 01, Salma rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 27, Siria rated it it was ok Shelves: You submitted the following rating and review.

Of course I also hoped that they would love the stories.

Image Courtesy of Chimamanda Adichie hide caption. I enjoyed the short stories in this book. This book was particularly meaningful to me during my first alienating months in America. The settings were all fit each story perfectly, took me to the old times even way before I was born.

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. I always loved to see her moving quietly about her work.

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. Reprinted by permission of Feminist Press.