Nov 1, Ama Ata Aidoo A love story in a world where the working lives of women have changed, but cultural assumptions have not. Changes: A Love Story [Ama Ata Aidoo, Tuzyaline Jita Allan] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Esi decides to divorce after enduring yet. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Aidoo (Our Sister Killjoy or Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint) writes with intense power in a novel that.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the hcanges. Return to Book Page. Preview — Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo. Esi decides to divorce after enduring yet another morning’s marital rape. Though her friends and family remain baffled by her decision after all, he doesn’t beat her!

When she falls in love with a married man—wealthy, and able to arrange a polygamous marriage—the modern woman finds herself trapped in a new set of problems. Witty and aja, Aidoo’s n Esi decides to divorce after enduring yet another morning’s marital rape.

Witty and compelling, Aidoo’s novel, “inaugurates a new realist style in African cbanges. Paperbackpages.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Changesplease sign up. See 1 question about Changes…. Lists with This Book. This is an interesting novella from a Ghanaian feminist author. She has some stylistic quirks, such as the scattered commentary set off in block cnanges.

It felt underdeveloped to me, though it appears that for other readers the book achieves exactly what the author intended. Sep 27, Nathaniel rated it liked it Shelves: This is chsnges first exposure to Aidoo, who is better known for her drama than for her fiction.

The insights into polygamy from both the female and the male perspective were fascinating and sidoo passages showcasing marriage negotiations and traditions were a definite highlight. The writing itself is fairly spare and unremarkable, earning perhaps a mental grin now and t This is my first exposure to Aidoo, who is better known for her drama than for her fiction. The writing itself is fairly spare and unremarkable, chages perhaps a mental grin now and then. At times it seems so matter-of-fact and confined to the protagonist’s head that a reader wonders if it will devolve into a changex romance–which it never does.

At its best it verges on deadpan and sports an understated, almost defeated sort of wit “Although she knew there was nothing positively wild in how she was feeling about him, there was nothing negatively wild in it either. Definitely, she had no urge to run and scratch his face.

Maybe if she had done, or shown her anger in any of the other ways she amma planned, he would have felt better”. Throughout the novel la? The book is not at all oppressed by references to contemporary Hcanges politics or conspicuous references to poverty and misery.

All the actors are comfortably middle class and the real target of Aidoo’s analysis is Africa’s understanding of gender. I’ll read another book of hers after this.

For better or worse a story about women’s situation in Ghana – On the surface it is a love story: Esi is fed up with her husband and decides to leave him – and divorce him even though he doesn’t beat her, which seems to be the only valid reason for doing that. But she also falls in love with another man. And that is a bit complicated and makes for a lot of aidooo in her status and life in general.

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Women’s status is the point of the book – sometime explicitly, like when the two friends have thi For better or worse a story about women’s situation in Ghana – On the surface it is a love story: Women’s status is the point of the book – sometime explicitly, like when the two friends have this aiodo But Opokuya wasn’t having any of her self-pity. So she countered rather heavily: Esi, isn’t life even harder for the poor rural African woman?

A Manifesto ] by Mary Beard to anyone who want to trance that theme back to ancient Canges View all 7 comments. Feb 25, Leslie Reese rated it really liked it Shelves: I quite enjoyed this offering by an author whose works I have been meaning to read for a long time. It is a love story that illustrates the tensions for women who don’t want to be confined by static, “traditional” feminine roles.

Because it is not possible to advocate independence for our continent without also believing that African women must have the best that the environment can offer. For some of us, this is the crucial element of our feminism.

Aug 27, Mike rated it it was amazing. Ghanian women and Modernity: Modern Ghanaian women suffer daily sacrifices, lifelong barriers to their advancement, and an emerging modernity which has multiplied their duties but not simplified their lives.

Changes focuses on a three year period in the lives of Esi Sekyi, Opokuya Dakwa, aja Fusena Kondey, three women approaching their mid thirties in Accra, Ghana. In Changes we can see the evidence of a complex struggle in the name of modernity between African women and society, fam Ghanian women and Modernity: In Changes we can a,a the evidence of a complex struggle in the aidoo of modernity between African women and society, families, traditions, and their own desires.

From the perspectives of Esi, Opokuya, and Fusena, Aidoo shows us how audoo modern African women aidlo their lives, and with what methods they are willing to fight to improve their lives. Esi, Opokuya, and to a lesser degree the much-suppressed Fusena, fight against more than just an accumulation of oppressive tradition that favors men. They struggle for appreciation of their talents and for an equal part in guiding their marriages.

Esi and Opokuya struggle to build marriages and relationships that aidpo them to reap their benefits of their individuality and their educations, and exercise their own free wills, without making them overworked, or being labeled mad women and witches.

The reaction sidoo their families, husbands and communities to these women reveal modern dilemmas for educated African women.

Aidoo’s love story traces Esi’s distinctly rebellious and independent path to love ara marriage, as contrasted to the more traditional married lives of Opokuya and Fusena.

This front is as diverse as the workplace, in hotel bars, in the kitchen, on the road driving alone in their new hcanges, in the rural traditional village, and in the bedroom. Despite often finding that lonely independence is untenable, Esi and Opokuya achieve sidoo success in their fight. Their resiliency indicates shifting gender roles in Africa, and some compatibility between tradition and these new roles. I give this book 5 stars because ot is an extremely rich story told frankly and believably.

The material even seems politically important perhaps all novels should try to be so? Mar 12, Adira rated it really liked it Shelves: I gave this aiodo a 4. I found that this novel was a lesson in love for me. Aidoo presents us with the story of Esi, a Ghanain woman who has been thoroughly educated about the world but, not about love.

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Esi’s character reads like a modern soap opera about a woman who has grown tired of her neat marriage and aa started to crave adventure even though Esi herself labels this longing as a desire to not be under the thumb of any man especially, her husband, Oko, who she sees as a mama’s boy wh I gave this book a 4. Esi’s character reads like a modern soap opera about a woman who has grown tired of her neat marriage and has started to crave adventure even though Esi herself labels this longing as a desire to not be under the thumb of any man especially, her husband, Oko, who she sees as a mama’s boy who is looking for a maid opposed chages a wife.

To rectify this conundrum, Esi decides that she will separate from her husband to live the life that she has always wanted.

However, while living this life, she finds a new love interests in Ali, amma devout Muslim man who offers her the chance to be his second wife after their torrid love affair. From here many emotional and social problems commence. Aidoo writes a novel that is full of cultural nods toward the ever present battle between Cuanges and African civilizations. Thankfully, none of these nods come off as preachy or as being blatant PSA’s on what the “White man has done to us.

Well written and persuasive at some points, the novel gives the reader a look into a modern Africa that is not often talked about. The novel is good for anyone who wants to expand their horizons into a broader sphere of world literature without becoming too overwhelmed.

I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who wants a chance to look at postcolonial African cultures or just wants a different type of dhanges read.

View all 3 comments. May 18, Rowland Pasaribu rated it really liked it.

Changes: A Love Story Summary & Study Guide

The Power of Education All of the major characters in the novel are well-educated. Their education is not only the mark of their place in society but also an ironic and elusive symbol that signifies both change and stasis at the same time. The two primary lovers in the novel, Esi and Ali, are also the most highly educated.

This question highlights the degree to which education symbolizes progress, modernity, and independence for the women of the novel.

For Esi, her education enables her to have a well-paying job that can secure her independence. Ali is as educated as Esi, and like her, he struggles to balance the two worlds in which he lives.

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When Ali proposes to his elders that he take a second wife, they are aaidoo. May 07, Louise rated it liked it Shelves: I was expecting more from this book. I found the writing ordinary and the character development lacking. In fact, I did not like a single character in this story. I think I might have liked Fusena had we gotten to know her better but I found both Ali and Esi rather self-absorbed. Esi’s parenting skills left much to be desired as well.

The topic was interesting though, and expertly handled by Ama Ata Aidoo. May 30, JS rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a text that once again fleshes out what Gayle Rubin called the ‘enormous diversity and monotonous similarity’ of women’s lives.