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Collected Short Fiction (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – April 12, 2011
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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.
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.
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.