Changes has ratings and 84 reviews. Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship said: This is an interesting novella from a Ghanaian feminist author. I made. Changes: A Love Story. Ama Ata Aidoo, Author, Tuzyline Allan, Designed by Feminist Press $35 (p) ISBN “Changes: A Love Story” by Ama Ata Aidoo is a novel that explores the changes that working women in Africa must face in their marriages and families while.

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Can he by a perceived act of love, make you feel like dirt? Not Enabled Word Wise: This book left me with so many thoughts, thoughts that I am yet to organize, internalize and make sense of chiefly on account that her words and points of view were so relatable.

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It was the business of all parties concerned. Written with occasional wry humour and compassion, Aidoo doesn’t caricature anyone – men or women- and provides a glimpse of a post wma society without smoothening out the complexities. Write a customer review. Add both to Cart Add both to List.

All the other descriptions of polygamy I have cchanges are from cultures where the women have no say in the matter. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Books by Ama Ata Aidoo. 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. To view it, click here. Quite an interesting read that leaves one with lots of questions.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. But she meets Ali, bt falls in love with him. What do we accept and what do we discard? Oko and their only child, Ogyaanowa, are neglected in favor of Esi’s job as a data analyst for change Department of Urban Statistics. See all customer images. May 26, Vickie rated it liked it Shelves: Afa 22, Keili Rae rated it it was amazing.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ali’s people agree to sponsor him if Fusena consents to his second marriage, and after she reluctantly consents, Ali returns to Esi’s village with his people.

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Showing of 23 reviews. The non-African reader can learn much about changes wrought in post-colonial Ghana and by extension post-colonial Africa. So Long a Letter. She believes Ali will give her the space she craves as well. Although their marriage is generally happy, Opokuya and her husband, Kubi, frequently argue about who will have the family car for the day. The main story is how suffocating marriage can be for people Esi, initially married to Oko who want their work to play a significant role in their life, and how one alternative – polygamy marrying the already married Ali – solves one problem but creates others.

Sometime later, Esi’s husband Oko forces her to have sex with him, which she regards as the last straw in their already-deteriorating marriage. My First Coup d’Etat: The Power of Education All of the major characters in the novel are well-educated. Lists with This Book. Nevertheless, their sexist husbands, who are impervious to the feminist thinking of their wives, remain unsympathetic.

Thankfully, none of these nods come off as preachy or as being blatant PSA’s on what the “White man has done to us. Opokuya finally picks up her car from Esi’s house and leaves.

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Aug 27, Mike rated it it was amazing. Their education is not chanbes the mark of their place in society but also an ironic and elusive symbol that signifies both change and stasis at the same time.


When Ali finally reappears, he proposes to Esi, offering her a ring to show that she is “occupied territory. Her friends and family don’t agree and don’t understand her choices but she sticks to them anyway.

Women’s status is the point of the book – sometime explicitly, like when the two friends have this conversation: I had to read this for college and was very pleasantly surprised when reading it. Halfway through the new year, Ali takes Esi to Bamako to meet his people and they have a wonderful holiday. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Excellent read, and this and the afterword have inspired me to track down some more Aidoo works. Prize-winning Ghanaian-born author Aidoo takes a satirical look at modern women and points out similarities in their lives–whether in Africa or anywhere else.

However, while living this life, she finds a new love interests in Ali, a devout Muslim man who offers her the chance to be his second wife after their torrid love affair.

These are some of the fundamental questions Changes asks. They have such a beautiful connection that it keeps you reading-but Esi has to decide how she’d fit into his life given also that Ali is married-h Chnages follows the life of Esi, an independent woman who leaves her husband Oko-for invading her privacy and personal space-and always wanting to rule out what she can or cannot do.

He begins to kiss Esi and Esi considers sleeping with him but decides that she could betray Opokuya like that. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.