An Irony of Fate: a Book Review of Aminata Sow Fall’s The Beggars’ Strike

Cecilia Quansah, Daniel Okyere-Darko, U. S. TETTEH


Many novels written just after independence in West Africa critically examine post-independence life in most West African states. These normally capture stories with themes like corruption, bribery, smuggling, fetishism, religion, politics, among a host of others.  This is the thematic situation of stories from both English and French-speaking West African nations. The issue of corruption and its attendant ills, religion and superstition, and many interesting subjects take centre stage in this paper as it critically takes readers through the novel identifying every necessary point that the novel covers. The paper, which is a book review concludes that the writer presents a fine story line that makes her story come alive to educate, inform and entertain her readers, aside highlighting the satirical innuendoes that the novel pushes against a cross-section of individuals in the West African society.  


beggars, satire, Islamic society, flashback, politics

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