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Collected Short Fiction (Everyman's Library) [Kindle Edition]

V.S. Naipaul
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Book Description

For the first time: the Nobel Prize winner’s stunning short fiction collected in one volume, with an introduction by the author.

Over the course of his distinguished career, V. S. Naipaul has written a remarkable array of short fiction that moves from Trinidad to London to Africa. Here are the stories from his Somerset Maugham Award–winning Miguel Street, in which he takes us into a derelict corner of Trinidad’s capital to meet, among others, Man-Man, who goes from running for public office to staging his own crucifixion. The tales in A Flag on the Island, meanwhile, roam from a Chinese bakery in Trinidad to a rooming house in London. And in the celebrated title story from the Booker Prize– winning In a Free State, an English couple traveling in an unnamed African country discover, under a veneer of civilization, a landscape of squalor and ethnic bloodletting.

No writer has rendered our postcolonial world more acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals such a hauntingly human face.

From the Hardcover edition.

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“V. S. Naipaul is the world’s writer, a master of language and perception.” —The New York Times Book Review

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About the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He has published more than twenty- five books of fiction and nonfiction and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1325 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FGLX74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete September 2, 2011
I have nothing to say about the works that comprise this "collection"--enough has been written about them by qualified reviewers elsewhere. However, it should be noted carefully that this Everyman's Library edition DOES NOT, as suggested both by its title and by the editorial blurbs on its Amazon page, contain the entire "In a Free State". The primary, eponymous novella from "In a Free State" is in fact ABSENT from this hardcover omnibus, which only contains the shorter sketches from "In a Free State" ("One Out of Many" and "Tell Me Who to Kill"). This means that this edition only contains two complete works--"Miguel Street" and "A Flag on the Island".

Moreover, this edition also omits other titles in Naipaul's oeuvre that obviously qualify as "short fiction", such as "The Mystic Masseur" (207 pages), "The Suffrage of Elvira" (206 pages), and "Mr. Stone and the Knight's Companion" (125 pages). The omission is particularly regrettable in the final two cases, given that both are now out of print at least in the US.

So this is neither as advertised nor is it "complete" by any stretch of the imagination. A rare miss from Everyman's Library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trove of high quality short stories March 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm still only partway through this collection, but was compelled to write a review to balance out the comments below.

You get the entirety of Miguel Street (which receives 4.6 stars elsewhere on Amazon) plus more than 200 additional pages of short stories, for only $3 more. Why complain?

The writing style, quality, and impact remind me of Hemmingway, but with more humanity and more humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure trove of Naipaul December 5, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a treasure trove. You can dive in to retrieve any story and it will be an enjoyable read and re-read. The characters in Miguel Street reflect real-life individuals I know (myself included!). Five stars for the pleasure it offers!

By the way, whatever novel you want to buy, get the Everyman's Library edition if available. The paper is cream, not glaring white, hence easy on the eye. The binding is strong and you can open any page flat without breaking the spine. Best of all, the editions are inexpensive! I am collecting as many Everyman title as I can afford, and throwing away the paperbacks which are turning into sawdust. For instance, I've just replaced the paperback Naipaul's Biswas with the Everyman Edition.
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