There is not one likable character.
THere is none of Naipaul's characteristic humor in it, which provides such relief in his other novels, and there is not a single sympathetic character in it.
Naipaul, is a master of the travelogue, and of the political travelogue in particular, but in Guerillas, he fails as a novelist.
This novel is dense--Naipaul is still sharpening his skills--in later works he will edit stuff down. It is the novel form taken to its modern limits. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Luis Madrid
I'm not sure how to put my feelings about this book into words, but I'll try. This is not a fun novel. This is not a nice novel. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M. C. Buell
Required book for college course. I haven't asked my son if it was good or not, but it was requiredPublished 23 months ago by Anita R Cooper Marquez
What a horrible book, but horrible in the best possible way. Naipaul shows how the romantic passions of two Brits and a Carribean revolutionary degrade into violence. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Lawrence Goodman
If this is the writer's "masterpiece," as it says on the cover, I will run very fast in the opposite direction when anyone suggests that I read anything else by this writer. Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by Salsero
The main problem I have with this book is that essentially, with rare exceptions, everything that takes place in the aftermath. Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Lawrence Towers
Rich with sullen anger and irony, in Naipaul's novel, a Caribbean island's fragile racial balance unravels when a slumming ex-journalist from London opts to relieve her boredom by... Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by Siriusreviews.com
i can admit that this is not naipaul's best work, but it is still a very good read. the book thrives on tension, of creating a feeling of decadence and an oncoming threat seen in... Read morePublished on May 26, 2009 by kinopku
In the unnamed island where "Guerrillas" is set, native people barely up from savagery choke under a miasma of rotting jungle vegetation and pink bauxite dust from the U.S. Read morePublished on July 18, 2008 by Slokes