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Miguel Street by V.S. NaipaulA stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say Slum! because he could see no more. But to its residents this derelict corner of Trinidads capital is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. Theres Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build the thing without a name. Theres Man-man, who goes from running for public office to staging his own crucifixion, and the dreaded Big Foot, the bully with glass tear ducts. Theres the lovely Mrs. Hereira, in thrall to her monstrous husband. In this tender, funny early novel, V. S. Naipaul renders their lives (and the legends their neighbors construct around them) with Dickensian verve and Chekhovian compassion.
Set during World War II and narrated by an unnamed-but precociously observant-neighborhood boy, Miguel Street is a work of mercurial mood shifts, by turns sweetly melancholy and anarchically funny. It overflows with life on every page.
Forgot password? Don't have an account? Naipaul has described many times his breakthrough in writing Miguel Street. Naipaul grew up in Trinidad, in the minority community of Indians descended from indentured servants, but it was the discovery of a voice for presenting marginal figures from this community that was key. The material he discovered for the stories of Miguel Street was characters he had observed during his early years in Port of Spain. Later, this method served him in writing fiction and in the travel and autobiographical writing that became central to his achievement.
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Jul 23, ISBN Oct 20, ISBN Hereira, in thrall to her monstrous husband. In this tender, funny early novel, V. Naipaul renders their lives and the legends their neighbors construct around them with Dickensian verve and Chekhovian compassion.
When did Naipaul turn third-world hater? At the end of the book, the narrator is at the airport preparing to leave his island for faraway England. He asks his mother "So this mean I was never going to come back here, eh? The stories reveals a strong attachment and fond association with the diasporic culture and the individuals populating its pages. The author makes an occasional appearance, as a boy growing up in this complex multi-cultural melange where deep-seated cultural traditions inherited and north-indian hindu practices meet the easygoing culture of trinidad, under the distant shadow of world war 2. Wordsworth , he is more deeply enmeshed in the plot.