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In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul
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Jul 28, 2011

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A great novel even if a bit harsh, dry and cynical. It's about individuals feeling free but out of place, in unfamiliar lands and confronted by alien cultures. It's a road trip set in Africa and the two main English characters travel from the capital towards their governmental Compound. Bobby and Linda show two different perceptions of Africa and their opposing view sustains the conversation throughout their journey. They both felt 'free' in Africa yet their freedom appears to be just a state of mind. The Africa we see here has recently gained independence but it is torn by civil turmoils and violence and it is still very much subdued to colonial powers.

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