A Bend in the River

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Pan Macmillan UK, Jul 1, 2002 - Fiction - 336 pages
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When Salim, a young Indian man, is offered a small business in Central Africa, he accepts. Accompanied by Metty, the son of one of the family slaves, he travels deep into the heart of the continent to become a trader in the town on a bend in the river. As Salim strives to establish himself, he becomes closely involved with the fluid and dangerous politics of the newly-independent state.

V.S. Naipaul unfolds a powerful story of changing Africa, sustaining his superb characterization and dramatic invention right to the memorable conclusion. He uses the troubled continent as a text to preach magnificently upon the sickness of a world losing touch with its past.

Together with A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend In The River established V.S. Naipaul as one of the pre-eminent novelists of our time.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Naipaul writes so well that the depressing becomes uplifting. This tale set at the bend of a river in Africa is superbly told. The only thing I can think to compare it to is listening to Joni Mitchell ... Read full review

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User Review  - delta351 - LibraryThing

Naipaul did a pretty smooth job in this post colonial Africa novel. I thought there was a good description of central African society in the 70's. Good caricatures of the various characters in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including A House for Mr Biswas, The Mystic Masseur and The Enigma of Arrival, and ten books of non-fiction including An Area of Darkness and Among the Believers. He has won the Booker Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the WH Smith award and in 1993 was awarded the first David Cohen British Literature Award. His new novel, Half A Life, was published in September 2001. Shortly afterwards he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He lives in Wiltshire.

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