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  - Realini - Goodreads

The Mimic Men by VS Naipaul This is not a spoiler alert per se, since I will not disclose any plot or ending. However, I will not write so much about the book as what it made me feel, think andÖwrite ... Read full review

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User Review  - Casey (Myshkin) Buell - Goodreads

For fans of Naipaul The Mimic Men will cover familiar territory; isolation, identity, apathy. For newcomers to Naipaul I suggest you start somewhere else. Guerrillas or A Bend in the River would ... 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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