The Mimic Men

The Mimic Men

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by V. S. Naipaul
     
 

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A profound novel of cultural displacement, The Mimic Men masterfully evokes a colonial man’s experience in a postcolonial world.

Born of Indian heritage and raised on a British-dependent Caribbean island, Ralph Singh has retired to suburban London, writing his memoirs as a means to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him toSee more details below

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A profound novel of cultural displacement, The Mimic Men masterfully evokes a colonial man’s experience in a postcolonial world.

Born of Indian heritage and raised on a British-dependent Caribbean island, Ralph Singh has retired to suburban London, writing his memoirs as a means to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him to recognize the paradox of his childhood during which he secretly fantasized about a heroic India, yet changed his name from Ranjit Kripalsingh. As he assesses his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious white woman, Singh realizes what has kept him from becoming a proper Englishman. But it is the return home and his subsequent immersion in the roiling political atmosphere of a newly self-governed nation that ultimately provide Singh with the necessary insight to discover the crux of his disillusionment.

Editorial Reviews

Alfred Kazin
"He is the most compelling master of social truth that I know of in the contemporary novel." -- The New York Times Book Review
From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375707179
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/14/2001
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
735,788
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.65(d)

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Paul Theroux
The novel's pattern is amazingly balanced...It is dense and complex, but it resembles less a sold chunk of a man's history than an elaborate circling syllogry of memory, crossing and recrossing.

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