The Mimic Men
V.S. Naipaul
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A profound and moving and often humorous novel that evokes a colonial man’s experience in the post-colonial world.

Born of Indian heritage, raised in the British-dependent Caribbean island of Isabella, and educated in England, forty-year-old Ralph Singh has spent a lifetime struggling against the torment of cultural displacement. Now in exile from his native country, he has taken up residence at a quaint hotel in a London suburb, where he is writing his memoirs in an attempt to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him to recognize the cultural paradoxes and tainted fantasies of his colonial childhood and later life: his attempts to fit in at school, his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious white woman. But it is the return to Isabella and his subsequent immersion in the roiling political atmosphere of a newly self-governing nation – every kind of racial fantasy taking wing – that ultimately provide Singh with the necessary insight to discover the crux of his disillusionment.

‘Ambitious and successful . . . Extremely perceptive’—The Times

‘The sweep of Naipaul’s imagination, the fictional frame that expresses it, are in my view without equal today’—Elizabeth Hardwick, New York Times Book Review
ISBN 9780330487108Category FictionSubcategory Literary Fiction
Publisher Pan Macmillan UKImprint PicadorPublished 14/08/2002
Format 198 x 126Binding PaperbackPage extent 284
author note
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship... »
 
 
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