A Bend in the River

(G K Hall Large Print Perennial Bestseller Collection)

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In the "brilliant novel" (The New York Times) V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man—an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly ...Continua
Ha scritto il 26/02/09
I really enjoyed the first 200 hundred pages, then - I'm afraid - my interest and enjoyment ceased.
Ha scritto il 25/06/07
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"The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it."

V. S. Naipaul's book A Bend In The River is set in Africa. The story is narrated by Salim, a Indian Muslim who is brought up in an Afri

V. S. Naipaul's book A Bend In The River is set in Africa. The story is narrated by Salim, a Indian Muslim who is brought up in an African country on the coast. His family is into business and when he gets bored with the easy life on the coast, he ventures to set up a business in a town deep inside Africa beside a river. Through his eyes, the reader gets to see how life changes in the African town and its country as a new leader takes control after independence bringing change and reform which in the end turns out to be not so purely good after all. All this is seen through Salim's or his friends' eyes as the reader goes through their daily life. Being a long time African resident but not a native, he gives a mix of an insider and outsider view of the African town life.

A Bend In The River is not too long and is quite an easy read. Naipaul's details on Africa town life are vivid and detailed. It is easy to see similarities between that and some facets of India too. ...Continua

Ha scritto il 18/01/07
主角對友人的評語,點出學者之弊,在於餖飣羅列,全無真見識與真性情:He knew so much, had researched so much. He must have spent weeks on each article. But he had less true knowledge of Africa, less feel of it. (182)鑽研學問鑽進了象牙塔,實在可悲。
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