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A Bend in the River
I absolutely adored reading this novel. The first I've read of Naipaul and it won't be the last. I felt so close to the town, I could almost taste the air. Having visited Malaysia before reading this novel gave me a real sense of having experienced the environment that Naipaul describes - the concrete shops, the tropical environment, red earth, hard rain and exotic trees. This novel also left me with a sort of understanding of the various peoples of Africa. I also discovered something about Muslim Arabs. House slaves as described by Naipaul must still be in common use and I believe I saw a house slave with my own eyes in Melbourne. I thought at the time that it was the patriarchy in motion - and no it wasn't. A man dressed all in white was carrying the shopping and walking ahead of a veiled woman by about 2 metres. This is what a house slave does. And it was exactly as Naipaul described.
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