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Collected Short Fiction

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For the first time: the Nobel Prize winner’s stunning short fiction collected in one volume, with an introduction by the author.

Over the course of his distinguished career, V. S. Naipaul has written a remarkable array of short fiction that moves from Trinidad to London to Africa. Here are the stories from his Somerset Maugham Award–winning Miguel Street (1959), in which he
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Hardcover, 440 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Everyman's Library (first published 1971)
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Osvaldo
Jun 20, 2011 Osvaldo rated it liked it
This was a book I had to put down for a while because the collection of short stories contained therein by V.S. Naipaul is a relentless exploration of the displacement experienced by those who find themselves in social contexts in which they comprise the outcasts or the outliers. This treatment, although moving, enlightening, and cathartic (in many respects), is also painful, paralyzing (temporarily at least), and full of pathos. The stories of Miguel Street show a Trinidad populated by colorful ...more
Daniel Polansky
Right, well, look, any honest list of the 10 best authors of the 20th century will have Naipaul on it. Top 20 certainly. There probably is not another writer alive who can claim so impressively diverse a body of work. These are good particularly the first part, his Miguel Street stories, about the lives of his neighbors in a Trindad side street. That said, some of the later ones flag a bit, and, to be blunt, this is probably not Naipaul at his best. If you haven't read him yet, and you really ...more
Brian
Jan 11, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
The stories in Miguel Street are breathtaking - I could not put the book down. Sort of like a Dubliners for Trinidad and Tobago in that the series of short stories provide a vivid portrait of a point in time, in this case stories of one street on the island during WWII and near the end of Britain's rule. More than worth the price of admission. A Flag on the Island was also great and expanded its focus from the Island to include foreign tenants in an English boarding house and a few other ...more
Nessie
Sep 01, 2014 Nessie rated it liked it
3.5

I really liked the short stories at the start of the book; they were amusing and very West Indian. The others did not strike my fancy at all. one short story I could not understand at all. The rest I didn't care for. He is a wonderful writer, though.
Alia Makki
Jul 13, 2015 Alia Makki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many voices in one book can be confusing. Might be better if each voice was stretched in longer voice.
But, sadness needs no linguistic pretty. Sadness is a universal truth. In every language.
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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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