Half a life: a novel

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Macmillan Publishers Limited, 2002 - Indic fiction (English) - 226 pages
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The story of Willy Chandran, who moves from India to the immigrant community of post-war London, seeking something that will set him apart. Then his wife leads him to her home, a province of Portuguese Africa, a country whose inhabitants are all living out the last days of colonialism.

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Young Willie Chandran asks his father to explain why he has been given the middle name of Somerset, as Willie is being teased about it at school . The father tells the boy of the tiny acts of ... Read full review

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Sometimes I find it so hard to see past the characters to the analogy. I don't like Willie. I don't like his father. Story of Ana, please, or story of June or of Willie's mother or of Sarojini ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Vidiadhar Surajprasad (V. S.) Naipaul was born on August 17, 1932. He was born of Hindu parents in Trinidad. V. S. Naipaul was educated at Oxford University and has lived in Great Britain since 1950. With an exile's sensibility, Naipaul's writing is concerned with both the West Indies of his childhood and his strong identification with India. A House for Mr. Biswas (1961), his most well-known work, solidified his reputation as a novelist. It tells the tragicomic story of the search for independence and identity of a Brahmin Indian living in Trinidad. Naipaul's work, even when he appears to be analyzing a picturesque character, is really an analysis of the entire society of Trinidad. The Middle Passage (1962) extends this analysis of the social order to other areas of the West Indies. His novel, A Bend in the River (1979) set in a new African nation, depicts the difficulties ordinary people face during times of political upheaval. A Turn in the South (1989) is a sensitive portrayal of the American South. Naipaul is regarded by many as one of the best writers of our time, and he is a perennial nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he finally won on October 11, 2001.

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