Author: V S Naipaul
Publisher: Picador India
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0330485164
A devastating work of exceptional sensitivity, grace and humor. In its depiction of love fulfilled and thwarted, in its vision of the laf-lives quietly lived out at the center of our restless, V S Naipaul’s new novel brings its own unique illumination to another aspect of our shared humanity.
In a corner of India untouched by anti-colonial agitation Wily Chandran’s father stood at odds with the world – aspiring to greatness whilst living out the dreary life marked out for him by his ancestors. In an attempt to defy his past, he marries as good as a low-caste woman only to find himself at the mercy of his own fury.
From the unhappy union the utterly compelling character of Willy Chandran emerges, oddly like his father, naively eager to find something that will place him both in and apart from the world. And so he is drawn to England, to the immigrant community of post-war London, its dingy West End clubs, lonely pavements and sexual encounters, and even to the eccentric milieu of the English Writer.
But it is Wily’s first experience of love that might bring him the fulfillment he so desperately seeks. His wife Ana leads him to her home, a province of Portuguese Africa, a country populated by desperate businessmen and their frustrated wives all uncertainly living out the last days of colonialism.
PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR:
‘The greatest Living writer of English prose’