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The Beggars' Strike (Longman African Writers Series)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  100 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The sight of disease-ridden beggars in the streets is giving the town a bad name, and the tourists are starting to stay away. If the Director of Public Health and Hygiene can get rid of them he will have done a great service to the health and economy of the nation - not to mention his own promotion prospects. A plan of military precision is put into action to rid the stree ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published December 28th 1986 by Longman Publishing Group (first published 1979)
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Droll. If the only political fable you can name off of the top of your head is by that gadfly Orwell, give this a whirl.

This story adroitly demonstrates the importance of collective bargaining and the danger in forgetting one's origins.
May 11, 2010 Marieke rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Marieke by: margraine via GAR discussion
I'm wavering between three and four stars. I liked the book; in many ways it's very nearly perfect. the problem is, i'm not sure how to understand the ending. i'm not sure if the author has a position on the problem her story described, or if her intention was simply to paint a picture of Senegalese life at that moment in time. Regardless of the ending, and whether or not it means anything, i really enjoyed "seeing" the role of the marabout. It's something I've read a lot about in scholarly arti ...more
This is one of the best books I have ever read. We all take our own position in society, however tenuous it may be, for granted. The books alternative title is The Dreggs of Society and the story portrays how all elements including the dreggs are a vital part of humanity.
Many events in this country (England) have led to similar purges of 'undesirables' from town centres in an attempt to present a version of our way of life that is at odds with reality. This story shows with a poetic precision t
The Beggars' Strike
Author: Aminata Sow Fall
Original title in French: La Grève des bàttu (1979)

I have a lot of love for this book. Aminata Sow Fall, a Senegalese author who writes in French, sets her story in an unnamed country in West Africa. In light of a decline in tourism, Mour Ndiaye, the Director of the Department of Public Health and Hygiene, decides to rid the city of its homeless population by means of violent raids, harassment, imprisonment and forced displacement. The beggars, who refu
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Un petit bijou à la fois amusant et très sérieux, très bien écrit ! Un coup de coeur.

Dick Powis
(Read in original French.)
sweet pea
this is a novel that has stuck with me, spurring a re-read. while the concept of the story is uniquely african (and muslim), the topics raised are intriguing to think about applied to any culture. what is the social function of beggars? can the affluent survive without them? do people have a moral mandate to give to the poor? along the way, the book also delves into questions of corruption in government, sex roles and womyn's liberation, and class struggles. An intriguing read.
Clever set-up, very funny in parts. Would like to read more criticism about it and would then likely have more appreciation for it. Learned that a play based on the book was performed at the Children's Theater Company in Minnesota back in 2001 -- that would've been great to see.
I absolutely love this book, read for my literarture class in high school and read it in my african literature class during my undergraduate study. Captures the different classes in the society, Aminata Sowfall isnt a name you would forget after reading this book.
Polly Lebl
Took me a few starts as I tried to absorb the names of who's who....but once I got going I really liked the perspective on it.
Jul 04, 2009 Opeyemi marked it as to-read
its related to the strike of beggers
One of my favorite books.
Shafaat Abubakar
this book is very interesting
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