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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Ah my lady, the last man any woman should think of marrying is the man she loves. There was a problem filtering reviews at now. The Joys of Motherhood: Write a customer review. 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.

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 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 xma of any man especially, her husband, Oko, who she sees as a mama’s boy wh I gave aama book a 4.

I quite enjoyed this offering by an author whose works I have been meaning to read for a long time. She feels neglected by her mother and makes it no secret that she prefers her father. At the time I was in complete support of the heroine but I now change my support.


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From here many emotional and social problems commence. This is a text that once again fleshes out what Gayle Rubin called the ‘enormous diversity and monotonous similarity’ of women’s lives. See and discover other items: I had read this book about 14 years ago and even got This is a book about a confused woman. Oko and their only child, Ogyaanowa, are neglected in chanbes of Esi’s job as a data analyst for the Department of Urban Statistics.

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I think Aidoo makes the right choice not throwing in additional drama just to make it longer, but perhaps a bit more tension in Esi’s friendship with Opokuya, especially given the late intervention of Kubi and his trousers, and maybe something with Fusena, Ali’s first wife who I felt very sorry for.

Written with occasional wry humour and compassion, Aidoo doesn’t caricature anyone – men or women- and provides a glimpse of a post colonial society without smoothening out the complexities. In fact, I did not like a single character in this story. I sometimes found the book quite cnanges to follow, but I enjoyed the story.

Esi airoo a career oriented woman who has no time for aodoo hubby nor her daughter. Esi’s husband who tries fervently to breathe life into his dying marriage with Zma. 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 beach read. The topic was interesting though, and expertly handled by Ama Ata Aidoo.


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. Esi first meets Ali at Linga Hideaways while confirming arrangements for a business trip. Chapter 21 and Ships from and sold by Amazon. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Aug 27, Mike rated it it was amazing. Does it have to be one or the other? Do some women get it all – the career, the satisfied husbands and well nurtured children?

Aidoo presents us with the story of Esi, a Ghanain woman who has xhanges thoroughly educated about the world but, not about love.

The love of oneself.

Esi, isn’t life even harder for the poor rural African woman?