Changes: A Love Story

Changes: A Love Story

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by Ama Ata Aidoo
     
 

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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!), Esi holds fast. 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

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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!), Esi holds fast. 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 compelling, Aidoo's novel, "inaugurates a new realist style in African literature."

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From the Publisher

"Aidoo writes with intense power in a novel that, in examining the role of women in modern African society, also sheds light on women's problems around the globe."
Publishers Weekly

"Changes reads... with abundant vernacular style, female friendship, and freedom and mobility in the modern city."
Manthia Diawara, Director of Africana Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature and Film, New York University

"A powerful novel that explores the complex web of late 20th-century human relationships in ways that are both comic and deeply affecting."
Boston Phoenix

"A wonderfully warm novel that truly shows that the more things remain the same (love) the more changes we (society) go through."
Nikki Giovanni, author of Ego-Tripping and Other Poems for Young People

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aidoo ( Our Sister Killjoy or Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint ) writes with intense power in a novel that, in examining the role of women in modern African society, also sheds light on women's problems around the globe. Esi, a woman living in Accra, Ghana, takes her career as a data analyst for the government seriously. An incident of marital rape, the result of her husband's anger at Esi's independence, leads to their separation. She is attracted to a married man named Ali who offers to make her his second wife. At first the arrangement appeals to Esi--she can make her work a priority--but eventually Ali's constant traveling and the way he puts off coming to see her begins to bother her. Aidoo makes use of different formats. Occasionally she provides an explanation in the form of a poetic note embedded in the text, and there are spurts of conversation in script form. In one such section Esi's mother and grandmother discuss her choice. Esi's no-nonsense grandmother says, ``Leave one man, marry another. What is the difference?'' Tuzyline Jita Allan, who teaches English at Baruch College, CUNY, provides an afterword that places Aidoo's work in a historical context and helps introduce this remarkable writer. First serial to Ms. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Despite its African setting, Changes mirrors universal feminist conflicts and concerns. Longtime friends and professional women Esi and Opokuya, who have been dealing differently with family issues, make attempts to juggle their many obligations to their husbands, their children, and their careers. Nevertheless, their sexist husbands, who are impervious to the feminist thinking of their wives, remain unsympathetic. Esi finally makes a statement by choosing divorce, career, and a polygamous remarriage--which ultimately becomes an exchange of one set of challenges for another. 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. Recommended for women's studies as well as general adult fiction collections.-- Ellen R. Cohen, Rockville, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558610651
Publisher:
Feminist Press at CUNY, The
Publication date:
11/01/1993
Series:
Women Writing Africa
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,205,724
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Nikki Giovanni
"A wonderfully warm novel that truly shows that the more things remain the same (love) the more changes we (society) go through."

Meet the Author


Ama Ata Aidoo, one of Ghana's most distinguished writers, won the 1993 Commonwealth Writers Prize, Africa Division, for the novel Changes. She is also the author of two plays, poetry, and another novel, Our Sister Killjoy or Reflections From a Black-eyed Squint.

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Changes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book immensely... It truly hit home for me as a female. This book is like a mirror for the "modern:" woman (African or otherwise), it is the dilemma of balancing our responsibilities as females in a modern society (for which we have fought to participate) but which has now presented us with a new set of complications related to the work/career, family/marriage/love balance. This book was both confrontational and coaching... the words of wisdom throughout (from grandmother, mother and friend) are soberingly ralistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This love story is a very entertaining dealing with lives of women in a changing African society. It mirrors the social and cultural diversity of Africans and the depth of the African psyche even in the modern world. I enjoyed this rich, well-written, challenging and fascinating story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This love story is a very entertaining dealing with lives of women in a changing African society. It mirrors the social and cultural diversity of Africans and the depth of the African psyche even in the modern world. I enjoyed this rich, well-written, challenging and fascinating story.