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No Sweetness Here and Other Stories Paperback – December 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1558611191 ISBN-10: 1558611193

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LJ's reviewer dubbed Aidoo "unusually gifted and creative" when praising this collection of 11 short stories. The aggregate theme of the work is the conflict between traditional rural customs and modern urban Westernized culture. This remains "highly recommended for its literary quality" (LJ 7/71).
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Eleven stories explore postcolonial life in Ghana for women and men, from African women returning home from the West to others confronting independence and all its ramifications. Varied characters and encounters mark an involving and unusual presentation of varied West African experiences. -- Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558611193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558611191
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
A young man leaves his village in rural Ghana to look for hissister, Mansa,in the capital. The last time the family saw her wastwelve years ago when she was only ten. Arriving in Accra, the brother looks up Duayaw, a fellow villager, who was his sister's classmate in grade school. Duayaw thinks he's on a crazy mission. Where are they going to find her? Now at the age of twenty-two, she could even be married. The city-wise Duayaw actually suspects worse but being the polite host, he complies. "In the Cutting of a Drink" is one of eleven short stories in No Sweetness Here and Other Stories by Ama Ata Aidoo, a Ghanaian writer.
Aidoo's novel, Changes, won the 1993 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Africa region. No Sweetness Here was originally published in the United States by Doubleday in 1971. But it first appeared the previous year through Longman of Britain. The last Doubleday printing was in 1972. It was re-issued by the Feminist Press, the world's oldest continuing feminist publisher, which is primarily concerned with restoring important out-of-print historical and literary works by women.
On the surface, "In the Cutting of a Drink" is a simple story. But a lot takes place. It demonstrates well the talent possessed by Aidoo who has also written poems and plays and served as Ghana's minister of education from 1982 to 1983. The story is narrated by Mansa's brother to his immediate family, other relatives, and some villagers. Aidoo cherishes the African oral tradition and in the tale the burden rests entirely with her narrating character. He must sustain his audience's attention and he succeeds. The result of his search is withheld till the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Filson on February 22, 2002
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Much like Arundhati Roy (in "God of Small Things") and Sandra Cisneros (in "House on Mango Street"), Ama Ata Aidoo often uses the experiences, expectations, and disappointments of children to paint the portrait of a culture and a community. It's not a novel literary device, but in the hands of the right craftswoman, one that can be used to great affect and Aidoo doesn't disappoint. The book includes eleven short stories and a fine, if superfluous, afterword by Ketu Katrak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abena Boaten on April 7, 2008
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Great read for those interested in Ghanaian culture and life. Very insightful for those of us children born to Ghanaian parents in the States on what Ghana life and culture is like.
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Ama Ata Aidoo, born 1942 and still presently engaged in narration, is a playwright, novelist, short story author, and educator. Aidoo grew up in Ghana, spending most of her early life there and studying in prestigious African universities such as University of Ghana and University of Cape Coast. But she also traveled throughout the Western world as well, attending prestigious American universities such as Brown and Stanford. Aidoo writes both fiction and non-fiction, and in some cases, infusing the two genres to create potentially real world situations based on the conflicts and struggles between race, authority, gender, socioeconomic status, and nationalism. Aidoo's most widely known book is Changes: a Love Story, a powerful feminist novel which earned her the Commonwealth Writer's Prize.
Aidoo's No Sweetness Here and Other Stories is a collection of short stories written throughout Aidoo's long career. Many were too short to be published and sold as single editions, though some of these stories were typically sold together with larger novels and novellas. There are eleven short stories in No Sweetness Here and Other Stories. The stories each have their own distinct tone of racial and gender subjugation, which encompasses both male and female disgrace by the ones known simply as Massas, or Masters. For Whom Things Did Not Change, the second story in the series, is a prime example of this racial superiority and masculine degeneration, even though both Massa and Zirigu were of the same race. The only distinction between the two is that Massa has been educated and hence he is a "big man".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Gorman on July 28, 2012
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Arrived as stated. Terrible book, wouldn't read it if it wasn't required. But alas it was...at least I didn't spend alot of money on it
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