Ama Ata Aidoo's year-old portrait of an African mis-marriage still teems with rich dramatic life. Her impeccable scenes of Ghanaian village life are lovingly rekindled in Michael Walling's reverent, roughshod production. The women cluck, tut and shake their wise heads when Ato, the prodigal son, returns from the US with a new wife in tow. His American bride, Eulalie, is regarded as a "black white woman", hailing from no identifiable tribe, and fails to get pregnant the instant she arrives in Ghana. Walling's production luxuriates in languid background detail, while the script is so sparse it feels like a morality play, the moral of which doesn't bear inspection.
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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. These two witty and perceptive social dramas are sympathetic and honest explorations of the conflicts between the individualism of westernised culture and the social traditions of Africa.
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Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa , please sign up. The main character in the play? He is the axis on which the story revolves …more Ato Yawson, an educated African who is married to a black American descendant of slaves Eulalie. He is the axis on which the story revolves less.
See all 6 questions about The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa. Sep 15, Nnedi rated it it was amazing.
View 1 comment. Oct 15, Madolyn Chukwu rated it really liked it. The author was a very young woman when she wrote this play. The world could thus see from the beginning that this was a very talented African literary gem about to blossom. It is remarkable that she is still very much active till date, having published dozens of books in every genre. Dec 27, Halle rated it liked it. Throughout the play Eulalie has been seen to be the superior one between her and Ato.
In the end, however, Ato regains the upper hand when he hit her. When Ato explains to Esi that he hit Eulalie and lied about her being receded, Esi finally understood why Eulalie acted the way she did.
And yet who can blame her? And you have not dealt with your wife well in this. Perhaps there will be some reconciliation of the conflict eventually as Esi leads Eulalie away from Ato showing a new connection between mother and daughter-in-law.
It is also hilarious how all it took was one slap for all this to happen. May 04, asli rated it really liked it Shelves: , colonialism-post-colonial , feminism , plays , read-it-for-class. Read Anowa in this edition for class and forgot to review it on here. Down with the grand narratives of modernity! I would love to read Dilemma of a Ghost at one point but I am really struggling to read during the virus and being on Goodreads where everyone seems to be productively reading is anxiety inducing.
Oct 13, Jay Clare rated it it was amazing. Jan 08, kp rated it it was amazing Shelves: african-women-writers-class , plays. This is the ultimate clash of culture and tradition with modernity, but not in the way you might be expecting. The focus is more on the differences in te viewpoints of African Americans and those who are native Africans, which is apparently laden with discrimination agains the African Americans for being the children of former slaves.
Overall it was quite surprisingly enlightening, and well written. Mar 01, Britt rated it liked it. This is a play about culture class of a stereotypical African American and her African husband moving to live in Africa with his family. It is an interested move towards the end because in a culture that blames women, the man takes all the blame from his ancestors. Men just do not understand women a lot, perhaps most of the time. You can pity Atu here but at the same time sort of regard him as a 'patsy'.
Feb 07, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: school. I read this one or school. I liked Anowa better than Dilemma of a Ghost but I'm not a big fan of reading plays. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it were a novel. Two poignant plays by Aidoo. Dilemma of Ghost is a well done, penetrating play about a Ghanaian man who marries an Africa-American woman and the challenges of living life in Ghana during the early years of independence.
Anowa is a powerful play about who could be labeled a headstrong girl and woman who seeks to live life on her own terms in pre-colonial Ghana. Both offer vivid pictures of the values of Ghanaian society while offering criticism of the structures of society. Good introduction to G Two poignant plays by Aidoo. Good introduction to Ghanaian life and society. Jan 25, Kudzai Mhangwa rated it really liked it.
Aidoo's rich language is kicking and keeps her reader enthralled from beginning to end. The themes are relevant to this day. These two beautiful plays stand the test of time. Oct 30, Breanna Morgan rated it really liked it. Dilemma of a ghost - 3. Nov 14, Bryan Sebesta rated it really liked it. Quite good, albeit a very, very short play.
It's a compelling take on the colonization of an individual and the need to communicate better. May 09, Gorgy Jacque rated it it was amazing. Its puzzling but very amazing! Mar 10, Athena Nguyen rated it liked it. Another required book I was forced to read for school.
It was interesting to read about the expectation expected from family. Feb 15, Sarah Norman rated it it was ok. These are a pair of charming little plays written by a Ghanaian woman in the s. She was born into a royal and I'm assuming wealthy Ghanian family in , and must have had some forward thinking parents, because she got a bit of formal education.
She was sent to a convent school, and her headmistress there gave her her first typewriter. It's interesting to see what she has to say, because there are very few people who grew up in a rural, traditional African household and were given a chanc These are a pair of charming little plays written by a Ghanaian woman in the s. It's interesting to see what she has to say, because there are very few people who grew up in a rural, traditional African household and were given a chance to write about it before colonialism wiped that lifestyle out.
There was a very small window between those cultures meeting the West, and being able to dialogue with the West as 'themsleves' - as it were - and the West then wiping them out. Well that sounds a bit dramatic, but you know what I mean. In one of the weirder comparisons of this blog.
There's lots of writing about rural English people of the 19th century, but very little of it is by rural English people of the 19th century. The number of people who actually came from those communities and had the time, interest and access to write is tiny. By the time a large number had been sent to school, and learned to think about writing as a job as opposed to digging potatoes or whatever the rural community was gone, as they'd all been sent to school and were planning on being writers.
He returns with an African American wife, and neither wife nor family are happy.
Dilemma of a Ghost
A play set in Ghana at an unspecified time; first performed in Legon, Ghana, in ; first published in English in A young Fante man returns from the United States with an African American wife, whose foreign customs and expectations alienate him from his family. Ama Ata Aidoo called Christina until she abandoned her Christian name in the early s was born into the Fante people of south central Ghana in Fortunately for her, her family encouraged its female members to become educated. Since that time, she has studied and taught in the United States , Europe, and Africa. Since then, Aidoo has lived primarily in Zimbabwe and the United States.
The Dilemma of a Ghost and Anowa