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Half a Life: A Novel - Naipaul, V.S.
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2002, ISBN: 037570728X

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[EAN: 9780375707285], [PU: Vintage], Fiction|Literary, Fiction|Psychological, This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: "A masterpiece of implicitness . . . explicitly concerned with drawing out the metaphysical-private while keeping it embedded in society and history . . . The ironies in Half a Life wind like a fugue into infinity . . . Identity is an enigma . . . To make that sentiment breathe in the mouth of a living character, and then rise from the page with silent laughter, is a beautiful completion: the mark of a genius and a cause of unending delight." Lee Siegel, Los Angeles Times Book Review "As disquieting as anything [Naipaul] has ever written . . . His terse prose works, as always, to imply a world in a phrase." Michael Gorra, New York Times Book Review "A troubling novel, genuinely moving . . . disturbing in all the right ways . . . the scenes of social encounters are brilliant, set against the twilight of colonial rule . . . A stunning book, three continents, three journeys, the evergreen themes of caste and class, of growing up." Betsy Willeford, Miami Herald "Naipaul''s style is so frank it seems intimate, and the awful characters are studied and well crafted. Behind the matter-of-fact style is a cuttingly ironic view of human relations . . . When Naipaul talks, we listen." Diane Mehta, The Atlantic Monthly "Naipaul is a master of English prose, and the prose of Half a Life is as clean and cold as a knife." J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books "''Half a Life,'' the fierce new novel by V. S. Naipaul, the new Nobel laureate, is one of those rare books that stands as both a small masterpiece in its own right and as a potent distillation of the author''s work to date . . . It deftly combines Dickensian delight in character with political and social observation . . . while recounting with uncommon elegance and acerbity the coming of age of its hero, Willie Chandran . Mr. Naipaul endows his story with the heightened power of a fable. With ''Half a Life'' he has given us a powerful tale of one man''s journey from childhood to middle age while at the same time creating a resonant parable about the convulsions of modern history, both the dying of old inequities and the rise of new illusions, and their spiritual legacy of homelessness and dislocation." Michiko Kakutani, New York Times "As sly and funny as anything Naipaul has written . . . He is still mining his richest obsessions . . . The classic that his new novel calls to mind is Voltaire''s Candide . There is the same mocking simplicity of style, the same heartless elegance of design . . . Nobody who enjoys seeing English beautifully controlled should miss this novel." John Carey, Sunday Times "A surprise and a pleasure . . . here, at last, is a work of pure imagination, though the themes are characteristic in their complex peculiarity . . . Naipaul has produced the most complex and demanding body of work of any post-war British writer . . . In sentences of great precision and balance, Naipaul reanimates the dilemmas of the late and post-colonial experience . . . He reminds us again of what a fine and unusual writer he is . . . In the canon of contemporary British writing he is without peer: a cold, clear-eyed prophet, a scourge of sentimentality, irrationalism and lazy left-liberal prejudices. Read him." Jason Cowley, The Observer Review "Naipaul writes a prose as clean as a stripped wand, but however plain the language, the ideas it delivers are not. . . . He is still peerless as a deviser of the shocking icon. He builds a scene of metaphysical loss as compelling as any Renaissance canvas of the expulsion from paradise." Paula Burnett, The Independent "No writer has written more tellingly about the vocation of writing than V. S. Naipaul. . . . this new novel, Half a Life , shows us that Naipaul''s absorption in how he came to be a writer is still fresh. . . . The pages about London glow, and bear comparison with anything that Naipaul has done . . . Almost casually, but beautifully, a

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[EAN: 9780375707285], Gebraucht, sehr guter Zustand, [PU: Vintage Books; Vintage International Ser., New York], Fiction|Literary, Fiction|Psychological, 211 pp.; 21 cm. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. First printing, October 2002. West Indian writer from Trinidad, now resides in England. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. "One of the finest living writers in the English language, V. S. Naipaul gives us a tale as wholly unexpected as it is affecting, his first novel since the exultantly acclaimed A Way in the World, published seven years ago. Half a Life is the story of Willie Chandran, whose father, heeding the call of Mahatma Gandhi, turned his back on his brahmin heritage and married a woman of low caste - a disastrous union he would live to regret, as he would the children that issued from it. When Willie reaches manhood, his flight from the travails of his mixed birth takes him from India to London, where, in the shabby haunts of immigrants and literary bohemians of the 1950s, he contrives a new identity. This is what happens as he tries to defeat self-doubt in sexual adventures and in the struggle to become a writer - strivings that bring him to the brink of exhaustion, from which he is rescued, to his amazement, only by the love of a good woman. And this is what happens when he returns with her - carried along, really - to her home in Africa, to live, until the last doomed days of colonialism, yet another life not his own. In a luminous narrative that takes us across three continents, Naipaul explores his great theme of inheritance with an intimacy and directness unsurpassed in his extraordinary body of work. And even as he lays bare the bitter comical ironies of assumed identities, he gives us a poignant spectacle of the enervation peculiar to a borrowed life. In one man's determined refusal of what he has been given to be, Naipaul reveals the way of all our experience. As Willie comes to see, 'Everything goes on a bias. The world should stop, but it goes on.' A masterpiece of economy and emotional nuance, Half a Life is an indelible feat of the imagination. / V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River and a collection of letters, Between Father and Son. He lives in Wiltshire, England." - Publisher. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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In a narrative that moves with dreamlike swiftness from India to England to Africa, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul has produced his finest novel to date, a bleakly resonant study of the fraudulent bargains that make up an identity. The son of a Brahmin ascetic and his lower-caste wife, Willie Chandran grows up sensing the hollowness at the core of his father's self-denial and vowing to live more authentically. That search takes him to the immigrant and literary bohemias of 1950s London, to a facile and unsatisfying career as a writer, and at last to a decaying Portugese colony in East Africa, where he finds a happiness he will then be compelled to betray. Brilliantly orchestrated, at once elegiac and devastating in its portraits of colonial grandeur and pretension, Half a Life represents the pinnacle of Naipaul's career. From the Trade Paperback edition. Fiction Fiction eBook, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

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Half a Life
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Naipaul, V. S.

Title:

Half a Life

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Half a Life" finds the veteran Booker and Nobel Prize-winning author Naipaul on familiar territory, blending autobiography and fiction in an exploration of the "half lives" of individuals brought up in the English colonies and educated in metropolitan cities.

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780375707285
ISBN (ISBN-10): 037570728X
Hardcover
Paperback
Publishing year: 2002
Publisher: VINTAGE BOOKS
224 Pages
Weight: 0,240 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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