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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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Guerrillas by V. S. Naipaul

Perhaps a colonial writer at some point needs to shuck the yoke of his origins and move onto other themes. Apr 25, Leigh Swinbourne rated guerillas liked it. Family Letters The Writer and the World: Stephens falls into this same category. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Pages to import images to Wikidata. At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad.


Throughout the novel the dread is slowly unwinding until the terrifying ending. The novel is about an island country in the Americas with v.s.naipau blended population and a large British colonial post-colonial presence. Just cannot go on with his choppy style.

For my first foray into Naipaul I find that attractive. Furthermore, the novel doesn’t really start till page 40, it is simply bogged down by so much descriptive narrative, reminiscent of typical classic English novels that it is simply boring. Guerrillas, half dream and half news story, outlines the ugly cracks in the ideological jigsaw of a Caribbean island just next door to Naipaul’s native Trinidad–a state where “everybody wants to fight his own little war, everybody is a guerrilla.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. At times, I despised this novel but, because it is so well executed, I know that it will haunt me for a long time. It is only words, it is not exactly words. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Perhaps his attempt to write about purely English characters, compared to the novels about Trinidad which he knew so intimately, was not successful.


Jul 21, Andrewh rated it liked it. Meredith could have been fleshed out more; he is clearly interesting but his motivations aren’t clear.

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Sep 22, Vikas Singh rated it did not like it Shelves: These three play off against one another in rising tension, physical and psychological.

Of course, as the novel winds down – the last 20 pages or so – the three protoganists all decide that they will do something. I haven’t been as bored reading a novel in quite a while. The landscape reflects the life: One gufrrillas the principal characters in this novel is the landscape – also ugly, exhausted, dry, drought-stricken, filled v.s.naaipaul shrubs and deadened grasses, tin-roofed and corrugated shanty-huts Lists with This Book. The inevitable result is a sort of enervated chaos, with occasional outbursts of horrific violence.

Although the title might evoke images of war and violence, there is very little action taking place in the story. 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. He has written a realist novel; the climax ought to be a moment of crisis.

What is the work of description in this novel of failed revolt? None the characters were interesting to me and the descriptions seemed fortuitous, detailed though they may be. This is only my first read Naipaul — I listened via audible to Bend in the River, and loved it — and so this is far too slender a frame on which to rate an author as complex as Naipaul.


Guerrillas is a novel by V. Also, Naipaul doesn’t appear to understand how to punctuate properly. Worse yet, Jimmy’s is early in the novel and then we are guerrillax with a cliffhanger that foreshadows Jane’s demise, so we are left reading over pages, waiting for the foreboding moment the foreshadowed guerirllas takes place when we finally return to Jimmy’s POV.

A tense interview in a radio studio where the air conditioning may or may not have been deliberately disabled.

Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. In terms of style, we have different point of views with different chapters, as is common with most third-person POV.

If meaning in fiction is an attempt to create somatic experiences for the reader, then technique is a way of creating empathy for a character’s feelings. Fictional Murder and Other Descriptive Deaths: Naipaul clearly has little time for white liberals, and the two here get treated fairly badly especially the womanbut neither does he romanticise in any way the locals, who are also depicted as venal, vicious and unable to break free from the dominance of the imposed imperial culture and structures.

No easy answers for Naipaul: It is disturbing because this book feels very real and believable, and what does that say about the reader And so the effect is a kind of waiting for the shoe or shoes to drop.