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A Flag on the Island

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Penguin Books (first published 1967)
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Oct 19, 2016 Salvatore rated it it was ok
Meh. A very uneven and sometimes disturbing short story collection. There are a couple of interesting lines. But I'm glad the Naipaul film treatment never made it to the silver screen.
Jan 16, 2008 Laura rated it did not like it
So.... I finally gave up. I read all but the last two of the stories, and I thought they were okay. Honeslty, I didn't get the point of most of them. Maybe there was no "point" exactly, but I couldn't figure out, after the story was done, why I had read it. Some of the stories had a slight tinge of macabre or plain off-ness, sort of Flannery O'Conner but not nearly as creative or brilliant. It was during the story "The Heart" that I finally said, "No more!" as the story degenerated into a really ...more
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Jun 22, 2016 David Harris rated it liked it
A mixed bag of stories, most very short, but the title story (A flag on the island) almost a novella. The stories range over an 11 year period of Naipaul's career, and I think some of the early ones may have been sitting on his "to publish" shelf for a long time and the publisher needed some fillers for this edition. The early stories are rough but some show a glimpse of the writers full ability. The stories improved during the book as the writer obviously honed his skills, and the final one, A ...more
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Nov 05, 2011 Nallasivan V rated it really liked it
As Comic as Naipaul can get! The Baker's Story, A Christmas Story and The Night Watchman's Occurrence Book are the best among them. But there are few shorts like the The Enemy and The Mourners which are - strangely as it comes from Naipaul - are touching and tugging at the heart. The title story, A flag on the Island is a laughter riot with slapstick and subtle undertones of colonialism blended perfectly to give you one of those rare Naipaul-experiences comparable to The Suffrage of Elvira
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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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