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Book Title: Guerillas|
The author of the book: V.S. Naipaul
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Reader ratings: 5.8
Edition: Vintage Canada
Date of issue: December 4th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780676975062
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This is only my first read Naipaul -- I listened (via audible) to Bend in the River, and loved it -- and so this is far too slender a frame on which to rate an author as complex as Naipaul. Plus, he writes with a density that makes his work, and the reader's work, somewhat knotty. There is a deep neuroticism not only in the content, but even in the rhythm of his prose.
This particular novel shows, unstintingly, the author's foulness: his profound pessimism about human beings (presumably about human nature), and his almost nauseatingly patent misogyny. The characters are drawn with great depth and individuality; not one of them is sympathetic.
One of the principal characters in this novel is the landscape - also ugly, exhausted, dry, drought-stricken, filled with shrubs and deadened grasses, tin-roofed and corrugated shanty-huts..., and the sun, and the heat, and the heat, and the glare..., all set against these brilliant tropical sunsets -- that create a suffocating mood -- yet one that nonetheless opens onto certain remarkable vistas that are hinted at, somewhere in the beyond -- it is so hard to explain....
Not for the overly faint of heart, is Naipaul - though at least this book, Guerrillas, is both short and readable.
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Read information about the authorNaipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.
At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad. In the introduction to the 20th-anniversary edition of A House for Mr. Biswas, he reflected that the scholarship would have allowed him to study any subject at any institution of higher learning in the British Commonwealth, but that he chose to go to Oxford to do a simple degree in English. He went, he wrote, "in order at last to write...." In August 1950, Naipaul boarded a Pan Am flight to New York, continuing the next day by boat to London.
50 years later, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad "V. S." Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories."
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