AMA ATA AIDOO NO SWEETNESS HERE PDF

The volume includes eleven stories as well as an afterword by Ketu H. Katrak devoted to scholarly analysis. However, Aidoo introduces a new dynamic for the postcolonial era in which Africans educated in Europe return to their homeland and establish a new ruling class, demanding the same sort of submissiveness from less privileged Africans as Europeans did. Themes of moral degradation and the gaps between traditional ways and modern culture are also present in the collection. The woman sees it as a harmless measure, adopted primarily for convenience.

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Shelves: africa , short-story Aidoo does a great job of showing some of the current issues that are at the heart of modernization in Ghana today. These short stories have quite the range of perspectives to give a broad picture of what it looks like to be Ghanaian, whether you are living in a small village in the north or are living the city life of Accra.

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. In "Everything Aidoo does a great job of showing some of the current issues that are at the heart of modernization in Ghana today. In "Everything Counts" there is a line that says "one did not really go to school to learn about Africa" 2.

I had the opportunity to do research at a secondary school in Ghana and found that this was more true than not. The library shelves were full of donated copies of English Romantic Poets, European explorations of Africa, and outdated United States history textbooks.

Although I think they are incorporating more African literature into the curriculum, there is definitely a shortage of literature appreciation in the Ghanaian community until reaching the university level which is not an option for the vast majority of the population. I cannot help but think there is a lot of truth to what Aidoo is saying here. Another thing I find refreshing about this collection of plays are the different variations on form that Aidoo plays with.

Having a story about telling a story seems more organic and authentic than some of the other novels that have come out of Africa. 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. This one of the best reads I have had yet in West African literature.

It is also nice to get a female voice out of Africa, particularly West Africa. I have a soft spot for her the themes and the subjects she takes on. It also probably helps that I love Ghana. Ama Ata Aidoo is the best one to describe this change and what it brings to the lives of the people 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 other , but they all present an Africa that is modern and changing.

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.

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No sweetness here chapter summaries

What makes the overall treatment of women so different amma different parts of Africa? 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. 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. Sep 01, Fornia rated it did not like it. Lists with This Book.

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No sweetness here

Tradition wrestles with new urban influences as Africans try to sort out their identity in a changing culture. True to the tradition of African storytelling, the characters come to life through their distinct voices and speech. If there is no sweetness, there is the salt essential to life, even if it comes from tears, and the strength that comes from a history of endurance. File Name: no sweetness here chapter summaries. This Study Guide consists of approximately 36 pages of chapter summaries, quotes.

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In it he tells how Nanaa cuts a slice of a large yam; it is rotten. Then she cuts another slice, and another, and another. All are rotten. Finally, she gouges out the head of the yam. It is brown and soft. The young man, Kobina, draws from the childhood parable a significance for the corrupt social context of modern Ghana: What was it that ate it up so completely? And yet, here I go again, old yam has to rot in order that new yam can grow.

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The Discourse of Sweetness in Ama Ata Aidoo's No Sweetness Here

Shelves: africa , short-story Aidoo does a great job of showing some of the current issues that are at the heart of modernization in Ghana today. These short stories have quite the range of perspectives to give a broad picture of what it looks like to be Ghanaian, whether you are living in a small village in the north or are living the city life of Accra. 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. In "Everything 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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