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Hustlingis not Stealing
Hustlingis not Stealing
“Hustlingis not Stealing” by John M. Chernoffis an autobiography that focuses on the general events that tookplace in the life of a sixteen-year-old WestAfrican girl by the name Hawa. The book which has a total of 496pages was published in December 2003 for print and February 2013 asE-book by Chicago press. While it goes for a total of $34.00, itranges between the prices of $10.00 to $34.00 a copy. The principalintention of this particular volume is to provide readers with aclear and detailed overview of the social hardships faced by femalesin the newAfrica,particularlyinGhana. Importantly, it should beunderstoodthat in the story, the writer openly uses the name “Hawa” to helpconceal the original identity of his target character.
Themanuscript, “: Storiesof an African BarGirl”tells of the social hardships faced by a young teenage child lacedwith the lackof money, inadequate education and hardship life experience but withthe desire to thrive inher situation. In a way, the accounts told by the character (Hawa) isincreasingly predictable. The individual regularlyrecounts the numerous efforts to gain freedom within her autonomy byrunning away from the control of her husband, father, co-wives andother senior female relations.
Herprimarygoal is to attain and maintain a sense of self-independenceand support. Hawa’s triumph over these circumstances came in the1970’s in her life as an “ashawo”or bar girl making a living from the art of receiving gifts from mentogether with her quick wit. Although openly uses her prestigiouscustomers to avoid manual work from others as well as her addictionsto alcohol and marijuana, Hawa was able to demonstrate her kindnessto someofher sister workers. Inseveral occasions, she makes herway through various men in a bid to fully sustain herself and escapethe law. Numeroustales projected by the character provides a detailed demonstration ofthe how the perils of life fostered the growth and development ofcultural boundaries.
Throughframing her life as a series of episodes, it can benotedthat Hawa’s realstrengths lieinher report telling abilities. It is evident by providing an in-depthintroduction toher life in Africa and tracing outstanding transformation from aplayful warrior busy struggling out of circumstances to an insightfultrickster with the ability to take advantage of others (men) the bestway she can. By this, it can bearguedthat the content has adequately achieved the initial purpose of thetitle presented.
Inconclusion, byusing Hawa’s story to project the various social, cultural andfinancial hardships faced by women in modern Africa, it is true thatthe writer John M. Chernoff has helped give readers more authenticand detailed life experiences and struggles of women within theAfrican society. Still,on this, the idea of personifying the content of the story to oneparticular person (Hawa), the author has not only projected anincreased sense of literature expertise but built and enhanced thegeneral perception and understanding of the public on women. Theladies who were forced to be part of in modern Africa to maintain andsupport their need for self-independence.
Miller,J. C., (2003) Hustling is not stealing: Stories of an African BarGirl. Universityof Chicago Press.