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by Amma Darko

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Amma Darko
Heinemann; 14th Edition. edition (January 13, 1999)
Genre Fiction
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Amma Darko’s novel Beyond the Horizon is still a gem and a more meticulously written book than The Housemaid.

Amma Darko’s novel Beyond the Horizon is still a gem and a more meticulously written book than The Housemaid. I recommend it, I guess.

I loved most of the books in these African Writers and Carribbean Writers Series

Amma Darko treats lots of social issues in her book, and this is why I respect her as a writer. This is such a messy, messy story (in a good way!). I loved most of the books in these African Writers and Carribbean Writers Series. I can't remember much about this one, I just remember that I liked it.

Amma Darko was born in Tamale, Ghana, and grew up in Accra. After living in Germany, she returned to Ghana. It's required for university course The book was brand new and cheaper than the bookstore It's worth reading if one wants to get familiar with African culture.

A dead baby and bloodstained clothes are discovered in a small village

A dead baby and bloodstained clothes are discovered in a small village. Although everyone has a theory about the story behind the abandoned infant, the men's views differ significantly from the women's. The tale presents the dilemma of seven different women caught in a web of superstition.

Amma Darko (born 1956) is a Ghanaian novelist. She was born in Koforidua, Ghana, and grew up in Accra. She studied in Kumasi, where she received her diploma in 1980. Then she worked for the Science and Technology Center in Kumasi. During the 1980s, she lived and worked for some time in Germany. She has since returned to Accra. Her novels illustrate everyday life in Ghana. Her first novel, Beyond the Horizon, was originally published in German.

Amma DARKO; fiction writer; Ghana b. 1956, Koforidua) . The Housemaid, the second of her titles to appear in English, was published in the African Writers Series in 1998, the same year that she won the Ghana Book Award. 1956, Koforidua) is the author of the critically acclaimed Beyond the Horizon. A former Fellow at the Cambridge Seminars, Ms. Darko has recently contributed The Color of Poverty (2001) to a collection by Amnesty y. She is participating courtesy of the National Resource Center for International Studies and the University of Iowa.

Amma Darko, The Housemaid (Johannesburg: Heinemann, 1998): 2. Amma Darko follows in the tracks of the two leading Ghanaian women writers, Efua Sutherland and Ama Ata Aidoo.

Amma Darko, The Housemaid (Johannesburg: Heinemann, 1998): 20. Further page references are in the main text. However, as a writer, Darko differs in her approach to social, political and cultural issues. Her first three novels, Beyond the Horizon (1995), The Housemaid (1998) and Faceless (2003), all present and contest the culture of patriarchy. In her works, women are victims of rape, battery, betrayal, abandonment by irresponsible husbands, economic exploitation and obnoxious cultural practices.

The Housemaid by Amma Darko. This novel set in Ghana tells the intertwining stories of several women. Amma Darko’s portrayal of a young woman’s apparent willingness to sacrifice her integrity to grasp onto city life is outstanding and unique. It centers around Efia, a young housemaid working for Tika - a rich unmarried woman, and the plot she has schemed to steal her employer’s wealth. After Efia pretends to have unknowingly fallen pregnant at the request of her relatives from a poor rural Ghanaian village, her mother and grandmother blame Tika for not looking after Efia and demand compensation.

Amma Darko is one of the most significant contemporary Ghanaian literary writers. She is the author of four previous novels: Faceless (Sub-Saharan, 2003), The Housemaid (Heinemann, 1999), Beyond the Horizon (Heinemann, 1995) and Not Without Flowers (Sub-Saharan, 2007). Faceless by Amma Darko Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana. Not Without Flowers by Amma Darko Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana.

A dead baby and bloodstained clothes are discovered near a small village. Everyone is ready to comment on the likely story behind the abandoned infant. The men have one opinion, the women another. As the story rapidly unfolds it becomes clear that seven different women played their part in the drama. All of them are caught in a web of superstition, ignorance, greed and corruption.

  • Very quick read and it makes sense when used in my African Women class. The author brings you into the story of what issues are being dealt with.

  • Got it for my brother-in-law. He has a lot of prejudice. It's a good story by a good writer. Bright!

  • If you're an old poor wrinkled and bent woman living in an Africa village, then you're a witch! If your relatives living in the cities suddenly face a bad turn of events, then you're the architect of their misfortune. You eat up babies in the wombs of "baby anxious" married women, and until you die no good will come of that community...That's the opening innuendo of this wonderful short and precise novel.
    However the book is not only about old witches living in villages. This book, set in the villages and towns of Ghana, dwells on the misconception that African rural dwellers have about life in the city. There is a mother and daughter duo who use their "bottom power" to rise in the very competitive world of trading, using men only for two things... Throw in the poor girl from the village whose only hope of relative success would be in leaving her family to work as a house maid to the promiscuous and successful trader, who happens to be her distant relative, in the city. Of course this is not without the manipulative pressures of the village customs and the housemaid's wizened grandmother who sees her as the only hope for emancipation of the family and is ready to concoct and direct any scheme to achieve this dream.
    As a Nigerian, I found this book to be a confirmation that all African societies are basically the same. It was written in simple language and the scenarios were painted in such vivid images by the writer's words that you almost found yourself in a village square or "Akpeteshi" seller's shack sometimes.
    A highly recommended read.