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by V. S. Naipaul, V. S. Naipaul

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A novel of colonialism and revolution, death, sexual violence and political and spiritual impotence.


A novel of colonialism and revolution, death, sexual violence and political and spiritual impotence.

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“A Tolstoyan spirit.... The so-called Third World has produced no more brilliant literary artist.” — John Updike

“Naipaul is a master of English prose.” — J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books

“V. S. Naipaul has a substantial claim as a comic writer.... This humor, conducted throughout with the utmost stylistic quietude, is completely original.” — Kingsley Amis, The Spectator

“Mr. Naipaul travels with the artist’s eye and ear and his observations are sharply discerning.” — Evelyn Waugh

“For sheer abundance of talent there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul. [He is] the world’s writer, a master of language and perception.” — The New York Times Book Review

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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Vintage International Series
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5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He has published more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, The Enigma of Arrival and An Area of Darkness. He lives in Wiltshire, England. He was knighted in 1990 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Brief Biography

Wiltshire, England
Date of Birth:
August 17, 1932
Place of Birth:
Chaguanas, Trinidad
Queen's Royal College, Trinidad, 1943-48; B.A., University College, Oxford, 1953

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Guerrillas 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CR-Buell More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how to put my feelings about this book into words, but I'll try. This is not a fun novel. This is not a nice novel. This is a vicerally powerful and profoundly disturbing novel. The tension begins to build with the very first word, and doesn't let up until the very last. Naipaul is a master of creating atmosphere. You physically feel the tension in the interplay between characters, and the hysteria bubbling away just below the surface makes your heart beat faster. This is not a novel about guerrillas, freedom fighters, or the right to self-rule. It is a novel about power; those who have it, those who want it, those who take it. Through the damaged characters who populate this novel we see the power struggles played out on a petty scale, while in the background they are echoed in grander style. This is a novel told on two different levels; each character is distinctly human, and yet each character is a metaphor for an aspect of the post-colonial world. Through their interactions with each other a disturbing personal drama is played out, and at the same time this drama reveals to us the struggles of a former colony trying to find its way is a new era. That Naipaul can tell both these stories so seamlessly in a single narrative is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow read but i like it not as good as the poisonwood bible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read from anywhere - over description of desolate seashore -swamps-countryside very poor description of the act of sex Morally degraded characters. Better not waste your time.