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Miguel Street by V.S. Naipaul
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Jun 08, 2009

it was amazing

** spoiler alert ** “Miguel Street” is an excellent written piece by V.S. Naipaul. It discussed dream, escapism and trauma within human heart. Miguel Street is micro world. Different kinds of people lived in there. Crazy inventors, liars, drunkards, record-keeping mother, and poet who immersed in his romantic world, they were all in Miguel Street.
My favorite character among all the interesting characters was B. Wordsworth. His life was somewhat romantic. He was mysterious poet who basically wondering on the street everyday. He suddenly appeared in the narrator’s life, introduced poem to this little boy. The narrator and I were amazed by this stranger. The world’s greatest poem, romantic relationship between Wordsworth and a lady fascinated the narrator. But B. Wordsworth turned out to be a tramp. He was not a poet, he was just a liar. It was not surprising, detailed description about him or perhaps, his name, foreshadow reader that B. Wordsworth was not a poet. William Wordsworth, a famous English romantic poet. The Romantic Age in English literature was launched by him. His relationship with Annette Vallon is identical to B. Wordsworth’s. It is not a coincident, B. Wordsworth was being Bogart, another character in Miguel Street that has to live with someone else’s name. (Humphrey Bogart, the “Bogart” in the book pretends to be, was generally considered to be the greatest male actor). Both B. Wordsworth and Bogart were pathetic. They could never become Humphrey or William, but they chose to use Humphrey or William’s last name to fulfill their life. B. Wordsworth vanished shortly after he told the narrator the truth. Miguel Street had forgotten B. Wordsworth, as the narrator stated, “It was just as though B. Wordsworth had never existed”
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