AMA ATA AIDOO NO SWEETNESS HERE PDF

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.

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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. It is only when the winner of the national beauty pageant turns out to be biracial that this woman is forced to confront the truth in the viewpoint of the men. He is confronted by a woman whose infant son is gravely ill and whose other children are previously deceased. You must not eat fish from the sea, Friday, Sunday. You hear? Connie, a teacher, is married, has a baby, and is pregnant with her second child.

Mercy lives with Connie and her husband, working as a secretary. Aidoo sets up a dichotomy between the two women: Connie is the diligent and responsible one, preoccupied with living a moral life while failing to demand the same treatment in her marriage; Mercy is the more heedless one, who seizes upon an opportunity without consideration for principles. A coup displaces the politician Mercy was having her affair with, reassuring Connie.

Her relief proves short-lived since soon after the new government is installed, Mercy attaches herself to a new political bigwig. Thus, the story asserts that while the names and faces may change, the modus operandi of the powerful men in government never evolves in any meaningful way. As Ketu H. In this way, Aidoo subtly alludes to an overarching solution to the maladies that plague her country during its transition: namely, that even as a new generation of Africans seeks to emulate Western-style democracy in the establishment of self-rule of their country, they must also seek ways to preserve the African identity.

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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. It is only when the winner of the national beauty pageant turns out to be biracial that this woman is forced to confront the truth in the viewpoint of the men.

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Published in , and written over eight years in the period that led up to and immediately followed the military overthrow of the Kwame Nkrumah government in , No 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. Perhaps even more telling is the title of the second short story in the collection, "For Whom Things Have Not Changed" which could in effect be the title of the whole book, as Aidoo denounces national liberation as a fraud through her stories depicting the moments of the everyday lives of a wide array of people, pointing to the continued economic hardship of ordinary people, particularly women as well as critiquing the effects of imperialism and Western consumerism on Ghanaian culture and society. While Aidoo, certainly does not absolve the national bourgeoisie of responsibility for the failure of national liberation to improve the lives of the majority of people and avidly critiques them; there is a certain tension between her critique of the national bourgeoisie and her occasional portrayal of this class as dependents of Western powers who do not necessarily act autonomously but rather at the bequest of Imperialist powers. While it cannot be denied that imperialism and Western intervention continues to effect Ghanaian society, economy and politics obvious examples of this are IMF and World Bank interventions it must be recognized that the national bourgeoisie is not necessarily forced into accepting these conditions but rather frequently have an interest in complying with these. 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.

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