The Mimic Men: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 20, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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A profound novel of cultural displacement, The Mimic Men masterfully evokes a colonial manís experience in a postcolonial world.

Born of Indian heritage and raised on a British-dependent Caribbean island, Ralph Singh has retired to suburban London, writing his memoirs as a means to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him to recognize the paradox of his childhood during which he secretly fantasized about a heroic India, yet changed his name from Ranjit Kripalsingh. As he assesses his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious white woman, Singh realizes what has kept him from becoming a proper Englishman. But it is the return home and his subsequent immersion in the roiling political atmosphere of a newly self-governed nation that ultimately provide Singh with the necessary insight to discover the crux of his disillusionment.

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User Review  - Kellie - Goodreads

Extremely cynical, especially about race relations. However his discovering his place in the world, what he wants, and how to interact with others who are struggling is very interesting and makes the ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

V. S. Naipaulís new novel, Half a Life, will be published by Knopf in fall 2001. Naipaul lives in Wiltshire, England.

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