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Miguel Street. Eine Geschichte aus Trinidad.

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A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say "Slum!" because he could see no more. But to its residents this derelict corner of Trinidad's capital is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. There's Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build "the thing without a name." There's Man-man, who goes from running for pu ...more
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Published February 1st 2003 by Ullstein TB-Vlg (first published June 1st 1959)
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Ahmed
Sep 17, 2014 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هى رواية لكاتب نوبل 2001 , من ترينداد . وبصراحة دى اول مرة أقابل الأدب (التريندادي ) وكانت مقابلة ممتعة .
شئ بديع , فعلا , حاجة كدا بتغيّر لك المزاج الشخصى للأفضل .
ذكريات جميلة سردها الكاتب بطريق مميزة تجبرك على أنك تحب العمل وتحب أسلوبه.
كتاب عبارة عن ذكريات طفل , حاجة كدا قدر الكاتب أنه يجذبك لعالمه من خلالها .
شارع ميجل : هو شارع فى كل وطن , هو الشارع الذى تسكن أنت فيه , بجيرانك ومعارفك وما تربطك بهم من ذكريات قد تكون مؤلمة فى وقتها ولكن لا تنكر أثر السعادة التى تعتريك عندما تتذكرها .
رغم الترجم
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Jigar Brahmbhatt
How beautiful this book is! How simple! How charming!

The Caribbean street filled with lowlifes, with dreamers, with quirky, street-smart or naive characters literally comes to life in Naipaul's beautiful, beautiful prose. It is a panoramic narration - we are introduced to people one by one, a chapter at a time, and by the time we are done reading, we have lived a different, distant life with them. What makes it compulsively readable is not some cheap excuse for a plot but a deep faith in charact
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Jason
Feb 27, 2017 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say “Slum!” because he could see no more. But we who lived there saw our street as a world, where everybody was quite different from everybody else. Mam-man was mad; George was stupid; Big Foot was a bully; hat was an adventurer; Popo was a philosopher; and Morgan was our comedian.


You want a book that is earnest and enjoyable with the pace being right quick, quick? - well you came to right place. This be a collection of vignettes through th
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Johan Garcia
Mar 01, 2012 Johan Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Miguel Street probably ranks as the most poignant work of art I have ever read, stirring inside of me emotions that no piece of literature has ever had the power of doing. From the narrator's perspective, we are introduced to every character in his vicinity, portraying the diversity and the interaction between them. From banter to jokes, laughs and sorrow, intellectual conversations and heated arguments, this is a community within Trinidad where everything that happens in Miguel Street is nothin ...more
Daren
This was a really enjoyable read.

It is not really a novel, more a series of interconnected vignettes, each a small character study of a person or event in the neighbourhood of Miguel Street - in a poor area of Port of Spain in Trinidad. The book is written in some nice subtle use of vernacular - almost patois, not at all challenging or distracting, but for me it really added to the great descriptive writing.
"I know something wrong. Something happen to he."
"You sure this baby for you, and not no
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Alan
Jan 05, 2012 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's unique--and unique in Naipaul's work, of which I've read a dozen, my favorites including House for Mr Biswas, The Loss of El Dorado, and Among the Believers. Used to teach Miguel Street in community college Freshman English--maybe fifteen years, often twice a year. It never got old to me. My "teaching" was largely aloudreading, including my class who were fearful of the accent. Once in awhile a student had been there, would try to recreate some. I find it a comic achievement of the highest ...more
Suzi
Mar 04, 2008 Suzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reading this book was like experiencing the pleasure as a child of squishing vibrant finger paints between my fingers and slowly smearing them onto a sheet of white paper. the colors ran together and jumped off of each other and filled the white page with intriguing images. 'miguel street' is a masterpiece of character development, colorful imagery, caribbean flavor, and charming story-telling. the short stories are street-smart yet tender, narrated with the wisdom, innocence, and insight of a y ...more
Tharwat
Feb 12, 2017 Tharwat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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الحمدُ للَّه الشاملِ لطفُه، الكريمِ عطفُه، الغالبِ سلطانُه، الواضحِ برهانُه، المتم نورَه: (وَلَو كرِه الْكافِرُونَ)، المعلي دينه ولو رَغِمَ المنافقون، قال المنجنيق ابن حزم "الطمع أصل كل هم"، أين مني وأين، بيني وبينك بين، أنا محتار من جدوى أيامي، لا أرى سوى أمسي المنصرم، قال النفري "كلّما اتسعت الرؤية.. ضاقت العبارة".. أنا في أزمة وجودية، يقول جبرا إبراهيم جبرا "يبدو أن الهنود كانوا مُحقين عندما قالوا: أن هدف الحياة الأقصى هو الخلاص!"، وقال أبو صقر الأنصاري "متى - وأنا في عنفوان شبيبتي - * أر
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Mark Mukasa
Mar 31, 2013 Mark Mukasa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let no one fool you into thinking that just because this book is set in the beautiful island of Trinidad, that somehow it will pander to the stereotype of the Caribbean as being an idyllic eco-paradise filled with mirth and tranquillity. In fact, VS Naipaul's utterly bleak and ultra-realistic depiction of war-time pre-independence Trinidad could be summed up as hilariously misanthropic at worst and desperately hopeless at best.

I first read this book when I was around seventeen, back when I was
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Ravi Gangwani
Dec 16, 2016 Ravi Gangwani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is full and final ... It wins the best book of 2016 title for me beating all the others. A perfect example of why we read books. I mean this was so awesome that I took 20 days to finish this 200 page book. Just to spare it for the next day even when yesterday I was about to finish I left 5 last pages in greed to fill the passage for next day.

If a man want something, and he want it really bad he does get it, but when he get it he doesn't like it.

“A stranger could drive through Miguel St
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
3.5 stars.

A while back, I realised that I've read basically nothing set in the Caribbean, and that the few books I *have* read were action and adventure type books written by white authors. So this is a step towards me rectifying that.

This book is essentially a series of short stories, told from the perspective of a young boy growing up on Miguel Street in Port-of-Spain. Each chapter/short story revolves around a different resident of the street - their life, their friendships, their relations
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Judy

Miguel Street was the third novel published by V S Naipaul, except that it is not really a novel. He wrote this collection of vignettes before he had published any novels, so it makes sense that it is actually composed of short stories about different characters who live on this street in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Through the eyes of a young boy, we experience the life of the street.

I like Naipaul's writing style so I didn't mind reading the book, though there is no plot. I assume he was warming
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Sofia
Mar 01, 2012 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miguel Street written by V.S. Naipaul is a breathtaking novel about the people. The narrator, whose name is never revealed, recalls his encounters and memories with each one of the people living on Miguel Street. As the novel progresses, the narrator grows up and develops his own identity. V.S. Naipaul provides the reader with an insight of the life in Trinidad and Tobago, the life of the black community and more specifically, the life of a colonized black community. The search for identity, cor ...more
Sajal M Shrestha
Mar 01, 2012 Sajal M Shrestha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miguel Street, put simply, is a story about a corner in Port of Spain, Trinidad and its inhabitants. For the purposes of this story, V.S Naipaul develops colorful characters with their own unique personality traits that range from psychotic to humorous and yet that are easily identifiable by the readers. Using these colorful characters, Naipaul shapes the many universal yet complicated emotions of love, hope and jealousy into a story about life and its many unpredictable phases for the inhabitan ...more
Andrea Siso
Naipaul effectively pieces together the individual stories of various members of Miguel Street, as observed through the central narrator--a young man reflecting upon his childhood, from a physical and emotional distance. The layers of the novel and the textured lives of its characters resoundingly prove that Miguel Street is not merely a "slum," as a stranger would conclude from "driv[ing] through Miguel Street." Rather, it is a "world, where everybody [is] quite different from everybody else." ...more
Mark
Feb 29, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Miguel Street to be a simple, yet rewarding, mosaic (a very familiar sight in Latin America). I found myself nostalgic for a place I've never visited, confused by idiosyncrasies I couldn't relate to, and sometimes led astray by the subtle disparities expressed through the personal growth of the anonymous narrator.

I was initially lured into a complacent reading of this novel by its simple approach, in terms of language and structure, to complex issues such as gender relations and a searc
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Ryan
Jan 02, 2017 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say 'Slum!' because he could see no more. But we, who lived there, saw our street as a world, where everybody was quite different from everybody else. Man-man was mad; George was stupid; Big Foot was a bully; Hat was an adventurer; Popo was a philosopher; and Morgan was our comedian.
Mister Jones
Mar 08, 2008 Mister Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Naipaul's early works; it gave me a sense of place within a poor Trinidadian neighborhood, and the various inhabitants and interactions. There tends to be a dark, futility to their lives, but I found some humor too. I enjoyed this book for its clarity, its characters, and its poignancy.

Yazeed AlMogren
قصص وحكايا عن الحياة الشعبية في ترينداد يختصرها الأديب الفائز بجائزة نوبل للآداب نايبول في نطاق جغرافي واحد الا وهو شارع ميجل ببساطة سكانه ليصور لنا جزء من الحياة الاجتماعية في ترينداد
Beth
Jun 01, 2017 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book thanks to my neighbor who was kind enough to pass the book on to me ... I enjoy finding new authors to me ... great chance to check out a book/author you might always know or ever see ... I enjoyed this read ... couldn't put it down. I've never traveled overseas ... but in this book you get to go to Spain... maybe one day I will get the chance. Set during WW1. Well written ... great read. Check it out. ( :
Marziye Naderi
خیابان میگل کتاب خاص و شاهکاری نیست.احساس ادم قبل و بعد خواندن کتاب فرقی نمیکند.خواندنش به همه هم پیشنهاد نمیشود!ولی با سطرها و ادم های داستان اشنایی جالبی هست که انگار این کاراکترها را بارها خوانده ایم و دیده ایم وخود خیابان با وجود غریبه بودنش انقدرملموس است که هرلحظه چشم ها را ببندی تمامش را تصور میکنی.
هروقت بی توقع خاستین کتاب بخونین خیابان میگل و بخونین.
Hunt
Mar 02, 2010 Hunt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
V.S. Naipaul’s novel Miguel Street takes readers directly into the epicenter of life in the slums in Trinidad’s city Port of Spain during the years before and during WWII. The novel does not simply track the intricacies and experiences of one individual but instead focuses on many different yet interrelated individuals. As a result the reader is presented with essentially a mosaic of life in the slum that is Miguel Street. Through this “mosaic” which contains violence and humor, misery and glee, ...more
Cindy
Mar 01, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miguel Street is a poor neighborhood in Port of Spain. This book, which is called after this neighborhood, takes the reader into exploring the life of its inhabitants through the perspective of a boy who lives there. The life stories of these people might seem absurd for those who live outside of this neighborhood, but for those who live in it, it all makes sense because it is all they know. All of the characters of the book share something in common—they are victims of poverty and are trapped i ...more
Eslam Mohammed
Mar 05, 2013 Eslam Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hers is one of the comments,that catched my attention,and i found it suitable to quote her,with reference of course to the commentator"Nesa Sivagnanam ":The time of that world is the late Nineteen Thirties and most of the Nineteen Forties on a sunny slum street in Port of Spain. Here the young narrator of the story and his Hindu relatives live within a colourful community.

Vivid characters with tenuous means of support populate the place. They sing the latest Calypso songs and interest themselves
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Danielle
Miguel Street was my least favorite of the books we have read for the course thus far. After reading the last page my initial reaction was, "That wasn't that good." Over the past few hours I have been processing it and have since developed more appreciation for Naipaul's insight. In fact, I have realized that it was not the text I disliked, but rather, the idea that women really were and continued to be treated in so many disrespectful ways. Additionally, domestic violence played a dominant role ...more
Catherine Anderson
Feb 22, 2010 Catherine Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
Recommended to Catherine by: Washington & Lee University
In Miguel Street, V. S. Naipaul depicts the intricacies of life in a Trinidad slum. The fact that the novel is formatted as a collection of specific stories about individual characters adds to the notion that the Miguel Street slum is more complicated than an outsider might assume and that each of its residents is a complete individual rather than a mere shadow of a stereotype. Following the narrator as he describes the people he sees on a daily basis in an almost legendary way, the reader is ab ...more
Jalawa
Apr 30, 2016 Jalawa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though, there was no storyline, I couldn't stop reading Miguel Street. Most of the characters were pathetic, though I found myself intrigued by their lifestyle. Why? I'm clueless. The stories told by the nameless boy, were filled with woman beaters, child abusers, get rich quick seekers, drunks, "plump" women/wives NOT to be messed with, haughty (but poor individuals, lazy "arse" men, and etc. Miguel Street was an insane asylum (or should have been). Quite a few of the characters in the book wer ...more
Michael
Apr 13, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-novels
True, Naipaul is a little bit of a jerk, and advocate for the cultural supremacy of the colonial powers, especially in his treatment here of his narrator's childhood in Trinidad as a quaint prologue to his real life in England, but still he renders these characters and anecdotes in such a sensitive and embracing way that he convinces us of his understanding of this place's qualities, if not of its value.

Notes:
It's telling that Bogart and Hat frame their manhood and even their daily interactions
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Sakshi
Jun 07, 2016 Sakshi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2016
Miguel Street is a poignant narration of aspirations of many of its residents from an adolescent boy. Slum life is always in a transitory phase, depending on economics, migration, politics and trends - nothing is affixed by either familial, traditional or ties to the land. There is a drought of poverty but prosperity too comes quick and in great measures. In this context is the story of different characters from the artist-carpenter, to the firework magician, to the poet who writes one line a mo ...more
Nesa Sivagnanam
Aug 11, 2011 Nesa Sivagnanam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The time of that world is the late Nineteen Thirties and most of the Nineteen Forties on a sunny slum street in Port of Spain. Here the young narrator of the story and his Hindu relatives live within a colourful community.

Vivid characters with tenuous means of support populate the place. They sing the latest Calypso songs and interest themselves in cricket matches and collect junk and talk about migrating across the narrow sea to Venezuela. If their attitude toward morals is informal it is shown
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Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.

At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarshi
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“Look, boys, it ever strike you that the world not real at all? It ever strike you that we have the only mind in the world and you just thinking up everything else? Like me here, having the only mind in the world, and thinking up you people here, thinking up the war and all the houses and the ships and them in the harbour. That ever cross your mind?” 17 likes
“A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say “Sum!” because he could see no more. But we who lived there saw our street as a world, where everybody was quite different from everybody else. Mam-man was mad; George was stupid; Big Foot was a bully; hat was an adventurer; Popo was a philosopher; and Morgan was our comedian.” 8 likes
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