V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in He came to England on a scholarship in He spent four years at University College, Oxford, and began to write. Guerrillas has ratings and 82 reviews. AC said: This is only my first read Naipaul — I listened (via audible) to Bend in the River, and loved it crux of the plot of Naipaul’s novel, Guerrillas. This fictional text his literary achievements, Trinidad-born V. S. Naipaul has produced an impressive array.

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Jan 27, Alex rated it really liked it. This is a novel told on two different levels; each character is distinctly human, and yet each character is a metaphor for an aspect of the post-colonial world. The politica Guerrillas by V. Everything else is vague, diffident, so very English, and understated. My favorite events, then all focused around dialogue driven by other characters.

There is a bored liberal named Jane, a girl who passes from one sexual partner to another, forgetting about the previous as soon as she moves to the next.

Jul 21, Andrewh rated it liked it. Family Letters The Writer and the World: For my first foray into Naipaul I find that attractive.


And Jimmy is left isolated in his farm, seemingly immune from arrest, with no followers, thirsting to avenge himself on Jane and Roche who represent the colonial yoke that thwarts true change on the island. In contrast, Naipaul’s judgment Minor point, but the father is much stronger than the son. Mar 07, Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it it was ok Shelves: Combine with his rather terse, Hemmingway-esque syntax I think I have found a new author to add to my shelves.


Where I think Naipaul goes wrong is in the characterizations – much of which I think guertillas gets right. Throughout the novel the dread is slowly unwinding until the terrifying ending. The writing seemed off a times too.

Guerrillas by V. S. Naipaul

The style is intellectual, much of the v.s.naipzul is revealed through discussions between the expatriates and the wealthy locals who have compromised their principles and increased their waistlines or v.z.naipaul landed immigrant status in Canadaand through character introspections. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

The characters don’t know what is going on right up to the end and really, neither do you. Oct 05, Patrick McCoy rated it really liked it Shelves: Paperbackpages. At times, I despised this novel but, because it is so well executed, I know that it will haunt me for a long time.

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The inevitable result is a sort of enervated chaos, with occasional outbursts of horrific violence. Naipaul employs a dense descriptive prose, at times as suffocating as his story; the characters are complex and subtle, even if directionless. All of the characters are outsiders in a colonized country which is to say has been and continues to be systemically ruined by white people who manipulate it’s resources.


You physically feel the tension in the interplay between characters, and the hysteria bubbling away just below the surface makes your heart beat faster. He went, he wrote, “in order at last to write This must be the record for the number of times I’ve fallen asleep reading a single book.

What is the work of description in this novel of failed revolt? Depressing and without coherence of idea, I found the book to be outlet for Naipaul’s own fantasy and ideas about racism and poverty.

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Jane; what the hell Mr Naipaul? He uses the word schoolgirl as an adjective throughout the novel to describe a mature woman in a complex relationship who has already seen her share of hardship My problem with Jimmy is that he does not appear to have charisma that will inspi A revolution in a small Caribbean island exposes deviant sexuality, and gender and racial hatred among its principal characters. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

In terms of style, we have different point of views with different chapters, as is common with most third-person POV.