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The Middle Passage by V.S. Naipaul
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Jan 25, 2012

really liked it
Read in May, 2008

"Middle Passage" was my introduction to Naipaul and it occurred at the same moment I was being introduced to the Caribbean. I was attending a literary festival called Callabash which is where I brought the book. Naipaul had been bashed during a reading by Derek Walcott. It made me interested in this man considered to be a traitor to his homeland and the ethnic complexities of the Caribbean. The "Middle Passage" satisfied both curiosities. Naipaul's voice is exploratory and introspective. He draws connections throughout history to make sense of the present around him as he observes the various nations throughout his return to the region where he grew up.
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