A Bend in the River

A Bend in the River

Book - 1997
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Sir V. S. Naipaul is one of the best writers of his generation -- "For sheer abundance of talent, there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul", said The New York Times Book Review. A Bend in the River (1979) is the novel of an Indian man who must make a new life for himself in a recently independent African state. Both he and his new country struggle to establish an identity as they are challenged by their changing circumstances. An immaculate and profound novel that Walter Clemons said "confirms Naipaul's position as one of the best writers now at work".
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1997.
Edition: Modern Library ed. --
ISBN: 9780679602675
0679602674
Branch Call Number: FIC/Naipa 3588mb 1
Characteristics: xv, 416 p. --

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samutavi Aug 15, 2013

The plight of this character was so sad to me. He is disconnected from everything and everyone. His existence is so inconsequential that you can imagine he does not even leave footprints. His ineffectiveness is crushing and yet the story is so beautiful at the same time. Sometimes the absence of all that you yearn for is a reminder of how wonderful it is to yearn for something. Does that make sense?

Ansel1 Aug 06, 2012

Naipaul has an easy, flowing writing style. I lived in Africa for a couple of years and his descriptions of culturally based actions and events are, by my account anyway, well perceived.

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