- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group; Reprint edition (1 March 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349120099
- ISBN-13: 978-0349120096
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20 cm
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Last Orders At Harrods: An African Tale Paperback – 1 Mar 2007
** 'A highly entertaining account of how people make the best of living in sub-Saharan Africa
** 'Some devastatingly hilarious moments ... a satire that should be required bedtime reading at Gleneagles
** 'This wickedly satirical novel is also a serious critique of Africa's troubled state
** 'Jolly good fun
* A timely and satirical - yet affectionate - portrait of the ups and downs of life in contemporary AfricaSee all Product description
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As a work of fiction and a satire, it's not the most compelling thing, nor the funniest. The point of view shifts among too many characters for the novel to have a central focus, and the storyline is lacking in real suspense or surprise. The author is obviously too nice a man to make a first-class satirist (which requires a generous portion of cruelty and heartlessness), and the blurb on the back cover comparing him to Evelyn Waugh rather overstates the case.
Still, it has its moments. There are too few books on this subject, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the knotty problems of African development.
International Aid is a very serious thing and very necessary but so often it doesn't fully end up where it should. This story is told with tongue in cheek humour.
Part of the story is about how the children survive in the slums and how they try and earn a small living just to buy food.