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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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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.
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  • Series: Everyman's Library
  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library; 1st Modern Library Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307594025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307594020
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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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By J. Velker on September 2, 2011
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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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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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LIke all V.S. Naipaul the book is a masterpiece.
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