Changes: a Love Story is a novel by Ama Ata Aidoo , chronicling a period of the life of a career-centred Ghanaian woman as she divorces her first husband and marries into a polygamist union. It was published by the Feminist Press. Esi Sekyi : Esi is a modern African woman who is highly educated and extremely career-centered. She marries Oko out of gratitude.
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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. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo. Tuzyline Allan Afterword. 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 compelling, 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 literature.
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To ask other readers questions about Changes , please sign up. See 1 question about Changes…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Changes: A Love Story. Mar 15, Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship rated it liked it Shelves: africa , 3-stars , contemporary , ghana.
This is an interesting novella from a Ghanaian feminist author. She has some stylistic quirks, such as the scattered commentary set off in block quotes. It felt underdeveloped to me, though it appears that for other readers the book achieves exactly what the author intended.
View 1 comment. Sep 27, Nathaniel rated it liked it Shelves: africa. This is my 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 the 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, earning 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 simple 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 had planned, he would have felt better". Throughout the novel la? The book is not at all oppressed by references to contemporary African 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. Feb 25, Leslie Reese rated it really liked it Shelves: readghanaian , african-authors. 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.
In the Afterward by Tuzyline Jita Allan, she quotes Ama Ata Aidoo from an article Aidoo wrote for Dissent : "When people ask me rather bluntly every now and then whether I am a feminist, I not only answer yes, but I go on to insist that every woman and every man shou I quite enjoyed this offering by an author whose works I have been meaning to read for a long time.
In the Afterward by Tuzyline Jita Allan, she quotes Ama Ata Aidoo from an article Aidoo wrote for Dissent : "When people ask me rather bluntly every now and then whether I am a feminist, I not only answer yes, but I go on to insist that every woman and every man should be a feministespecially if they believe that Africans should take charge of our land, its wealth, our lives, and the burden of our development.
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. 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 changes in her status and life in general. 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: 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.
Women's status is the point of the book - sometime explicitly, like when the two friends have this conversation: But Opokuya wasn't having any of her self-pity. So she countered rather heavily: 'Why is life so hard on the professional African woman? Esi, isn't life even harder for the poor rural African woman? View all 7 comments. Aug 27, Mike rated it it was amazing. Ghanian women and Modernity: Independence? 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, and 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, fa Ghanian women and Modernity: Independence? In Changes we can see the evidence of a complex struggle in the name 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 such modern African women view 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 allow 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 of 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 and 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 cars, in the rural traditional village, and in the bedroom. Despite often finding that lonely independence is untenable, Esi and Opokuya achieve moderate 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? Nov 02, Moji Delano rated it it was ok. When I first started this book I almost liked it. Almost because I liked the Characters I was introduced to but noticed some inconsistencies in the writing. But when I got to know the characters my initially opinion changed and I finished the book NOT liking what I had read.
It had nothing to do with the little writing inconsistencies and more to do with how annoying the characters turned out to be.
We have a heroine who initially appeared to be a career woman and feminist but turns out to be conf When I first started this book I almost liked it. We have a heroine who initially appeared to be a career woman and feminist but turns out to be confused and didn't even know what she wanted from relationships and lacked self love. And then there's her love interest, an entitled scum empowered by a patriarchal society regardless of his education. The sad thing is despite the fact that this book was written in , the characters still reflect the folly of many in today's African society where not much has changed.
I only managed to finish it because it was being read by my virtual book club, so I wouldn't recommend it. Maugre that however, it wasn't wasn't a bad book. Mar 12, Adira rated it really liked it Shelves: read-for-school , books-read-in , classics , coming-of-age , own-a-copy , favorites , kickbutt-heroines , books-about-africa , books-about-faith , thought-provoking.
I gave this book a 4. I found that this novel was a lesson in love for me.
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Changes: A Love Story