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The Mystic Masseur by V.S. Naipaul
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Aug 17, 10

Read from August 11 to 17, 2010

For the first 4/5ths of this book, it's just a sort of Dickensian tale of a young Hindu man in Trinidad entering adulthood and exploring his world, both spiritual and physical, through a host of eccentric characters that speak in the charming, simplistic island dialect. Once you start to hit the end of the book, you realize that there is more to the story, and it becomes slightly autobiographical, explaining how Naipaul arrived at his current set of beliefs regarding religion, poverty, war, and the modern world.

Naipaul is known for being unsympathetic towards poor citizens in countries like Trinidad, India, and Africa, and this book really gets into why he feels that way, and what he believes the answers are. But if you don't feel like reading that far into it, this is still a good, entertaining story about a man coming to terms with his responsibility to his community, family, and country. Recommended debut by an excellent author.
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