“The Girl Who Can, and Other Stories” by Ama Ata Aidoo is a series of short stories, each of them woven into the fabric of Ghanaian identity and told, always, from the perspective of a female protagonist.
Through each of these stories, Aidoo visits both the complex and seemingly mundane events that women face in every day situations, all the while managing to transcend heritage and history, weaving through tradition against the backdrop of modernity, and combing through the fibres of colonial and post-colonial life.
I picked it up by chance yesterday and ended up finishing it in a little under two hours.
UCT allows grad students to take out 12 books at a time for up to five weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever been given that sort of liberty from any library. There’s so much African literature here I didn’t know whether to squeal or cry with excitement. I mean, it’s expected, but just seeing the shelves stacked with author after author was a little much to handle.
This is going to be a good year.
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