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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The tension begins to build with the very first word, and doesn’t let up until the very last. At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad. May 27, Lydia rated it it was ok Shelves: Where I think Naipaul goes wrong is in the characterizations – much of which I think he gets right. I thought it the least of all Naipaul’s novels that I’ve read at least 5 others. Apr 02, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it.

Oct 21, Julian Tooke rated it really liked it. The climax of this book is predictably unpredictable and shocking in it’s inanity, however it is unsettling and does punctuate something, though I don’t really know what. Not a necessarily good technique but I suppose one that is needed due to the flat delivery of the political turmoil surrounding the characters, which we never really feel, as we are too close to the petty discomforts of the white man in Africa syndrome.

Guerrillas by V.S. Naipaul

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. No reviews in two years and now two in one day. I have f.s.naipaul felt so conflicted about a novel. Naipaul’s writing is beautifully descriptive: I couldn’t distance myself from reading Naipaul’ portrayal of Jane, one of the main characters in Guerrillas, as itself misogynistic.


He said so himself. The style is intellectual, much of the plot is revealed through discussions between the expatriates and the wealthy locals who have compromised their principles and increased their waistlines or obtained v.s.naopaul immigrant status in Canadaand through character introspections.

Guerrillas is a novel by V. There is a lot of dialogue but there is a very strong sense of place evoked, and of an atmosphere of suppressed violence and danger, which finally erupts.

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Although the title might evoke images of war and violence, there is very little action taking place in the story. Introduced into this ambiguity is a white South African resistance activist, his white British female companion, and a biracial man from the island who dabbles in some kind of visionary and possibly prophetic orations.

He went, he wrote, “in order at last to write Probably the island is modelled after Trinidad, Naipaul’s birthplace. It’s sad really, v.w.naipaul grown up in Nigeria myself, to see how little is depicted of the beauty of nature and culture. Minor point, but the father is much stronger than the son.

So why is this book distrubing. Worse yet, Jimmy’s is early in the novel and then we are left with a cliffhanger that foreshadows Jane’s demise, so we are left reading over pag The premise of this novel had much promise, but sadly the execution was lacking.


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Some episodes in v.s.naipayl book are based on the life of Michael Xa Trinidad revolutionary. On the other hand, whenever Naipaul speaks in the patois of the locals, it reveals much and is very incisive.

Jane; what the hell Mr Naipaul? I’m fine with the gruesome events that happen to her, hey this is a novel and so guerrillss it. The main characters are white liberals who find their politics and sentimentality overcome by events, particularly in their complex relationships The last Naipaul I read, A House for Mr. Perhaps, the lack of detail on this point isa strength of the book. Of course, as the novel winds down – the last 20 pages or so – the three protoganists all decide that they will do something.

Death, sex, and revolution make up this book, though mostly it follows the stories of elitist white people selfishly mourning their miserably alienated lives. It is disturbing because this book feels very real and believable, and what does guertillas say about the reader He b.s.naipaul write a page, but he cannot write a novel. The writing seemed off a times too.

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