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The Beggars' Strike (Longman African Writers Series)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  164 Ratings  ·  18 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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May 11, 2010 Marieke rated it really liked it
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
Nov 08, 2014 Rand rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 12, 2016 ThePeoplesProf rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2012 Tessa rated it it was amazing
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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
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Aug 04, 2008 sweet pea rated it really liked it
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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.
Sep 25, 2015 Anetq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hvad gør man når ens hellige mand har påbudt én at slagte en tyr og give den til tiggerne i alle byens nabolag, for at man kan blive vicepræsident - men man selv har smidt tiggerne ud af byen? Og tiggerne har sågar besluttet sig til at holde op med at tigge, så folk må køre langt uden for byen til tiggernes hus for at aflevere de almisser, de som gode muslimer skal give.
En fin lille sag om politik, ambitioner, religiøs dobbeltmoral og kvinderoller i skred fra Senegal.
Mar 20, 2012 Tayo rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 17, 2010 Lychee rated it it was ok
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.
Polly Lebl
Dec 21, 2012 Polly Lebl rated it liked it
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.
Claire Chat de bibliothèques
Un petit bijou à la fois amusant et très sérieux, très bien écrit ! Un coup de coeur.

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Aminata Sow Fall (born 1941) is a Senegalese-born author. While her native language is Wolof, her books are written in French.

She was born 1941 in Saint-Louis, Senegal, where she grew up before moving to Dakar to finish her secondary schooling. After this, she did a degree in Modern Languages in France and became a teacher upon returning to Senegal. She was a member of the Commission for Education
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