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Half a Life by V.S. Naipaul
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Oct 25, 09

Read in July, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Amazing novel -- the rare novel that completely overtakes you and fills you with its world. I found it on my parents bookshelf and was immediately sucked in, read it in a day. The narration is infectious; the storytelling great. Deeply melancholy understory. Fascinating account of the end of Portuguese colonialism in Africa, as well as bohemian London life for the Indian narrator. Incredible human drama as well, through relationships, of sex & love. And then: open-ended.

Hard to describe in words how powerful this book was; why it was.
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max I'd be interested to see what you think about Magic Seeds, the "sequel". I like it even better. If Half a Life contains Naipaul's sharpest satire on English manners, Magic Seeds turns around the knife around to dissect (sans anesthetic, of course) the mentality of the revolutionary.


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