V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in He came to England on a scholarship in He spent four years at University College, Oxford, and began to write. Guerrillas has ratings and 82 reviews. AC said: This is only my first read Naipaul — I listened (via audible) to Bend in the River, and loved it crux of the plot of Naipaul’s novel, Guerrillas. This fictional text his literary achievements, Trinidad-born V. S. Naipaul has produced an impressive array.

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Since I have read Patrick French’s biography of Naipaul, I can’t read Naipaul anymore without the lens of that biography.

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The above would be true even if the action under discussion did not include the canary-in-the-mine that is heterosexual sodomy. It really is a great achievement. Roche the v.s.naiaul South African hero who endured torture and wrote a book about it is also somewhat impotent, his relationship with Jane ending, his farm project on the island languishing.

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Most of the story happens in the minds of these characters, and the revolution, when it does erupt, happens off-stage and is a damp squib, quickly put out by the authorities and v.s.nsipaul police who are fed by the islanders — so where are the guerrillas and where is their support base?

She falls flat that when the horrific event happens, I’m left thinking ‘oh how awful, oh well But it will also probe the relation between literary description and literary murder in the context of a nameless neocolonial state, a liberal intelligentsia, a guerrkllas revolution, and the perverse logics of domination constructed by race and gender.

How the sequence means: He said so himself. My favorite events, then all focused around dialogue driven by other characters. Combine with his rather terse, Hemmingway-esque syntax I think I have found a new author to add to my shelves. Frantic phone calls speculating what might occur during the rebellion.

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Views Read Edit View history. The political energy of the South African, Roche, and the British colonial energy of Jane creates a tension that plays out in the novel with the island energy of Jimmy James Ahmed. He uses the word schoolgirl as an adjective throughout the novel to describe a mature woman in a complex relationship who has already seen her share of hardship Jan 19, Mj!

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I’m fine with the gruesome events that happen to her, hey this is a novel and so be it. There is an attempted coup or rebellion, but it doesn’t come to much even though the Americans send in some forces.

Naipaul had arranged for French to write an authorized biography, and French’s final work is highly critical of Naipaul the person, painting him as misogynist, ambitious, arrogant, and a user in a way that destroys the women in his life. The novel is about an island country in the Americas with a blended population and guerrillqs large British colonial post-colonial presence.

Adventuring, she was indifferent, perhaps blind, to the contradiction between what she said and what she was so secure of being; and this indifference or blindness, this absence of the sense of the absurd, was part of her unavailability. Preview — Guerrillas by V. It guerrillae distrubing beacuse Jane is raped and then killed, and the reader doesn’t know whether to guerrilpas happy, disgusted, or worse, turned on.

Stephens falls into this same category.

Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his guwrrillas had emigrated from India as indentured servants. 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 Death, sex, and revolution make up this book, though mostly it follows the stories of elitist white people selfishly mourning their miserably alienated lives.

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One must look off searchingly in the distance with this fiction, through your own class, your own country, with eyes not exactly squinting, but with a presage of future pain from the inevitable fatigue. Were the fix truly in, though, rendering the violence in-scene would be misleading. The inevitable result is a sort of enervated chaos, with occasional outbursts of horrific violence.

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Naipaul can really write, but his racism taints everything. Jimmy Ahmed is the unlikely bi-sexual, mixed-breed revolutionary, who hates England for having made him into a plaything and who hides out in a foreign-sponsored farm on his native guerrillas waiting for the moment to spring his revolution.

In contrast, Naipaul’s judgment Minor point, but the father is much stronger than the son.

V.s.napaul for this book: My problem with Jimmy is guerriillas he does not appear to have charisma that will inspi A revolution in a small Caribbean island exposes deviant sexuality, and gender and racial hatred among its principal characters. There is not one likeable person in this book. 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.

The back third of Guerrillas is too rigid.

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