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  1. Helena of Eretz ✰ Helena of Eretz ✰ says:

    Et voici un autre roman d Afrique subsaharienne que j ai d test Au moins, je suis constante Haha Ok, donc je n ai pas beaucoup dire Ce livre est tr s similaire Xala, le livre que j ai lu avant celui ci Alors, r f rez vous cette critique si vous voulez plus d informations La seule diff rence est qu il y a des sacrifices humains dans ce livre Comme Xala, il existe des marabouts, la polygamie et la culture s n galaise post coloniale Je ne recommanderais pas ce roman mon pire ennem Et voici un autre roman d Afrique subsaharienne que j ai d test Au moins, je suis constante Haha Ok, donc je n ai pas beaucoup dire Ce livre est tr s similaire Xala, le livre que j ai lu avant celui ci Alors, r f rez vous cette critique si vous voulez plus d informations La seule diff rence est qu il y a des sacrifices humains dans ce livre Comme Xala, il existe des marabouts, la polygamie et la culture s n galaise post coloniale Je ne recommanderais pas ce roman mon pire ennemi Traduit en anglais And here is another sub Saharan African novel that I detested At least, I m constant Haha Ok, so I do not have a lot to say This book is very similar to Xala, the book I read before this one So, refer to that review if you wantinformation The only difference is that there are human sacrifices in this book Like Xala, there are marabouts, polygamy, and Senegalese post Colonial culture I wouldn t recommend this novel to my worst enemy


  2. Ruth Berent Ruth Berent says:

    Con mucha sencillez y aire naif, la autora escribe una especie de par bola sobre los problemas de su sociedad.Es incre ble como una novelle tan cortita y tan aparentemente lineal cuenta tantas cosas.Muy buena.


  3. Caroline Caroline says:

    This is very much in the vein of my observation in the review of my 2017 reading of African books, where I mentioned that several of them centered around the inventive ways that everyday people find to get around, or back at, authoritarian rulers, be they imperialists or some of their successors Aminata Sow Fall writes about Senegal Her short novel was published in 1979 The tone is somewhat similar to Thiong o s Wizard of the Crow without the magic realist for lack of a better term aspect This is very much in the vein of my observation in the review of my 2017 reading of African books, where I mentioned that several of them centered around the inventive ways that everyday people find to get around, or back at, authoritarian rulers, be they imperialists or some of their successors Aminata Sow Fall writes about Senegal Her short novel was published in 1979 The tone is somewhat similar to Thiong o s Wizard of the Crow without the magic realist for lack of a better term aspect.In this case, an over zealous campaign to rid Dakar of all beggars in order to promote tourism a sort of weak excuse for many citizens not wanting to be accosted at every turn by the scale of poverty has unintended consequences The book is in fact a sort of comic meditation on the role of begging in a society, for both the beggar and the giver Which one has dignity and which is greedy Is a disabled beggar responsible for not working The question is a littledirect in 1970s Senegal, it seems, where tradition suggests that giving to a beggar, and adding a prayer, can lead to immediate benefits for the donor But the issue of dignity and responsibility is just as relevant to a contemporary society with hundreds of thousands of people living on the streets in gentrifying neighborhoods.Fall has woven other themes into the book, although its focus on begging suits the novella length She lightly explores women s lingering subjugation, as in part due to the persistence of traditional attitudes and in part due to a religion that allows polygamy There is a political overlay, in which she contrasts the various approaches a civil servant can take when faced with a bombastic ruler or corrupt boss rectitude, exploitation, self preserving navigation Mostly, though, we enjoy the beggars finding their own strength in community and self respect


  4. LaCitty LaCitty says:

    E un libro molto divertente, ma dal finale molto amaro che un po mi ha rovinato l effetto complessivo Al centro della storia l abitudine di fare la carit come mezzo per propiziarsi gli dei e ottenere quello che si desidera Tra marabut veggenti , scioperi dei mendicanti, poliziotti onesti e corrotti, figlie che cercano l emancipazione, un romanzo molto ricco di temi forse anche troppi per sole 126 pagine che d un bello spaccato della vita a Dakar.


  5. Marieke Marieke says:

    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 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 articles and whatnot, but with this piece of fiction I got a much better sense of how things really work Here s to hoping some knowledgeable folks will help me sort things out


  6. Rand Rand says:

    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.


  7. ThePeoplesProf ThePeoplesProf says:

    The Beggars StrikeAuthor Aminata Sow FallOriginal title in French La Gr ve des b ttu 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 The Beggars StrikeAuthor Aminata Sow FallOriginal title in French La Gr ve des b ttu 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 refuse to tolerate this all out assault on their community decide to get organized and go on strike They collectively move into the Slum Clearance Resettlement Area on the outskirts of the city Out of sight and out of mind, right Well, not quite Given that alms giving is fundamental culturally and religiously in this West African Muslim country, the beggars may be out of sight, but suddenly now they re on everyone s mind To whom would these upstanding city dwellers give alms now Who would pray for their success and prosperity The city folk are thus forced to venture beyond their urban comforts to seek out the displaced beggars, making the long trip out there in their fancy cars, to continue giving alms Ndiaye, who aspires to become the vice president, consults his marabout a spiritual advisor about how to ensure his political success and he is told that he needs to give alms to beggars but only those out on the streets, in their usual spots But the beggars are all gone now What is Ndiaye to do His war on poverty has been turned around against him Paradoxically, the beggars strike has resulted in the alms givers needing the beggarsthan the beggars need them the cycle of dependence has been completely turned on its head I ll let you find out how the rest of the story unfolds and I do highly recommend that you check it out While Sow Fall s novel is inscribed within a very specific cultural context, it also enables readers to think about the issue of homelessnessgenerally, by touching on the following elements the hypocrisy and ethically selfish nature of charity and philanthropy the presence of the dregs of society this phrase is the novel s subtitle in some editions of the book as an unbearable reminder of how profoundly sick a society has to be to allow the coexistence of extreme misery and extreme opulence gentrification, tourism, the active role of the state to keep the homeless out of sight and out of mind and the violence that this entails and quite frankly, the humanity of the homeless, and the fact that they are real people with real experiences and voices which must be heard Sow Fall brilliantly succeeds in treating such heart rending issues with so much humanity and compassion in this short and sweet social satire and page turner of a book


  8. Tessa Tessa says:

    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 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 the folly of pretending we are something other than our collective selves Humour and insight into the tragedy of attempting to run a place and forgetting that not all the people share the same vision make this a most enjoyable read I recommend The Beggars strike to anyone who can read


  9. Margaret Rowley Margaret Rowley says:

    This was my introduction to Aminata Sow Fall, read during the weeks after I came back from my first time in Senegal Some of her images were familiar, even decades later Mour Ndiaye, a politician and hopeful for the vice Presidency, undertakes the project of ridding the city of beggars, who are portrayed as dirty and embarrassing With the help of his assistant, Keba Dabo who in reality does the majority of the work , they go as far as physical violence against the city s impoverished populati This was my introduction to Aminata Sow Fall, read during the weeks after I came back from my first time in Senegal Some of her images were familiar, even decades later Mour Ndiaye, a politician and hopeful for the vice Presidency, undertakes the project of ridding the city of beggars, who are portrayed as dirty and embarrassing With the help of his assistant, Keba Dabo who in reality does the majority of the work , they go as far as physical violence against the city s impoverished population in order to clear them from street corners and make way for European tourism Unfortunately, there are roadblocks on the path to unproblematic adoption of Western ideals, and one of them is that Islam requires donations to the poor Mour Ndiaye s marabout proscribes such donations in order that he can achieve his political goals.Meanwhile, the beggars organize under Salla Niang s direction and in her courtyard The population delivers their offerings to the courtyard, and the people living there no longer have to leave in order to earn enough money to eat Because of this, Mour Ndiaye is unable to follow his marabout s instructions for offerings to the poor his political plans are thwarted and his personal life falls apart.I read this book as a nuanced and beautiful parable of excess excess of change, excess of wives Mour Ndiaye takes a second wife, thereby enraging his wife of twenty years, alienating his daughter, and, finally, losing his second wife because of his political preoccupations , excess of wealth, excess of the West When Mour Ndiaye sacrifices a carefully chosen cow but cannot deliver it to the beggars, there is an excess of food which is in danger of spoiling in the heat This excess, Sow Fall shows us, has consequences Her book asks us to see the complexity and nuance in a social system, to carefully approach change, and to exercise compassion


  10. John John says:

    The christian bible teaches that the poor will always be with us but no one really wants them around Especially, when they are aggressively asking tourists for alms Mour Ndiaye, the Director of the Department of Public Health and Hygiene, under takes an ambitious project to remove the beggars from the city His motivations are suspect First, he sees the beggars are sub humans Second, he has grand political ambitions.In true modern fabulist fashion, Mour s adventure is one of sweeping su The christian bible teaches that the poor will always be with us but no one really wants them around Especially, when they are aggressively asking tourists for alms Mour Ndiaye, the Director of the Department of Public Health and Hygiene, under takes an ambitious project to remove the beggars from the city His motivations are suspect First, he sees the beggars are sub humans Second, he has grand political ambitions.In true modern fabulist fashion, Mour s adventure is one of sweeping successes, minor frustrations, and superstitious interference His frustrations are rooted in his own failings and moral nastiness and one is loathe to feel sorry for his ultimate plight.Where the book fails, I think, is in its scant development of the community of beggars There is a structure set up, a sort of organization with Salla Niang, a strong lady boss, at the head But as for the rest of the beggars, they exist as a herd, a rabble Which undercuts one of the messages of the book, which seems to be that the poor are necessary, so one not try to dictate how they remain with us


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The Beggars' Strike ✻ [BOOKS] ✯ The Beggars' Strike By Aminata Sow Fall ❅ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 ha 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 The Beggars' Epub / 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 streets of these verminous scroungersBut the beggars are organized, tooThey know that giving alms is a divine obligation and that Allah s good will is vital to worldly promotion So when the beggars withdraw their charitable service, the pious city civil servants and businessmen start to panic.

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  • Paperback
  • 104 pages
  • The Beggars' Strike
  • Aminata Sow Fall
  • English
  • 14 July 2019
  • 0582002435

About the Author: Aminata Sow Fall

Aminata Sow Fall born is a Senegalese born author While her native language is Wolof, her books are written in FrenchShe was born in Saint Louis, Senegal, where she grew up before moving to The Beggars' Epub / 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 Educational Reform responsible for the introduction of African literature into the French syllabus in Senegal, before becoming director of La Propri t litt raire The Literary Property in Dakar She was appointed the first woman president of Senegal s Writer s Association in In she founded the publishing house ditions Khoudia from Wikipedia.