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 back third of Guerrillas is too rigid. Naipaul is a master of creating atmosphere.

She falls flat that when the horrific event happens, I’m left thinking ‘oh how awful, oh well Published September 12th by Vintage first published So why is this book distrubing.

What is the work of description in this novel of failed revolt? Minor point, but the father is much stronger than the son. There are a few people who are both original inhabitants of the island and also wealthy because of their complicity with the colonizers, this makes them outsiders among their own people and also among the white American and British businessmen who run the bauxite mine. In the introduction to the 20th-anniversary edition of A House for Mr.

The Americans are raping the land, the locals are petty and corrupt, any political resistance is in disarray: That presence weighs heavily on the country as it is trying to figure out its present and future landscapes. As they socialize with the privileged, Roche finds Jane contradictory and politically naive about her own place in the power structure, while also being challenged about his own motives and purpose.

In terms of its ability to build tension, fill readers with a sense of dread – the sense that something horrible is about to happen – Guerillas may be one of the finest novels I’ve read. It is certainly true that a very disappointed air hangs over his work; nothing fails to let him down, the world is basically a bummer.


This book is a twisted tale of sex – the post british colony setting, the political struggle, these are just some of the decoys Naipual employs to shield the reader from the truth of what type of story they are really reading. May 11, E. But the relentless pessimism and anger and hate, made me feel as if I was being harangued by a barroom crank, no room to disagree, and his smell lingers.

Guerrillas by V. S. Naipaul

The main characters of the book are Jane, a woman from London, and her romantic partner Roche, a white South African man, who have recently arrived on the island. Aug 11, Cbj rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. The characters are drawn with great depth and individuality; not one of them is sympathetic. And so the effect is a kind of waiting vv.s.naipaul the shoe or shoes to drop. The book’s general theme is the post-colonial era of revolutionary ferment in the Caribbean in the 70s, when political movements still harboured hopes of a radical transformation of society along leftist lines.

She was without memory: I’m fine with the gruesome events that happen to her, hey this is a novel and so be it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Refresh and try again. This page was last edited on 14 Augustat But it will also guerrilas the relation between literary description and literary murder in the context of a nameless neocolonial state, a liberal intelligentsia, a failed revolution, and the perverse logics of v.s.naiapul constructed by race and gender.

This is not a novel about guerrillas, freedom fighters, or the right to self-rule. In fact he is, but I’d hoped real life v.s.naipul fiction to be separate mediums, since fiction writing should service the story, not the writer’s personal beliefs.

The tone is overwhel This is the first Naipaul book I have read and it was a bracing experience – not exactly enjoyable but compelling and thought-provoking a cinematic analogy would be a Michael Haneke film perhaps, in whcih the reader is also complicit in the misdeeds being described.


The above would be true even if the action under discussion did v.sn.aipaul include the canary-in-the-mine that is heterosexual sodomy.

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Sep 22, Vikas Singh rated it did not like it Shelves: The tension begins to build with the very first word, and doesn’t let up until the very last. 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 landed immigrant status in Canadaand through character introspections.

Peter determines that will take action to save Jimmy from the fate the world has thrust upon him. The book is a psychological study of the several main characters and masterful description of a decaying ex-colonial society that is floundering.

Guerillas is a vicious self-help novel for wounded colonized people and their guilty colonizers. View all 3 comments. 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. I would have expected to have a more beautiful impression of the South African land which the author has also visitedafter all that narrative, but I was only left with the impressions of how unpleasant it is.

An inevitability cannot perform that function.


Combine with his rather terse, Hemmingway-esque syntax I think I have found a new author to add v.s.naopaul my shelves. With the exception of a brief and thoroughly unsatisfy triage between Jimmy and Jane, the action happens around the characters, but never too them. There is no resolution to this book.

Naipaul has done justice to the story.