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The prose is beautiful, and Naipaul's power of observation and description are astounding.
He paints a world where returns are ever diminishing, and the very effort to continue living seems not a natural pursuit, but somehow supernatural in is scope.
This novel expresses a complex theme through a character so well developed that he tells the story of a society whose identity is dominated by not having one.
For fans of Naipaul The Mimic Men will cover familiar territory; isolation, identity, apathy. For newcomers to Naipaul I suggest you start somewhere else. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. C. Buell
This is the story of a brilliant youth who grows up on the Caribbean island Isabella. The island is a hotbed of racial strife involving Whites, Blacks, mixed Caribs, and Indians,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Suzanne
One of the most boring and unattractive books I have ever read. What an unfortunate idea to give a running commentary on the events rather than let the reader enjoy the events... Read morePublished on December 21, 2003
This was the first book I read by V.S. Naipaul, and it is by far my favorite of his so far. Although I did not initially think that a book dealing with the post-colonial struggle... Read morePublished on September 22, 2003 by C. Lu