A Bend in the River

A Bend in the River

Book - 1989
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In the "brilliant novel" ( The New York Times ) V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man--an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1989, c1979.
Edition: Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9780679722021
0679722025
Branch Call Number: FICTION Naipaul V.S.
Characteristics: 278 p. ;,20 cm.

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samutavi Aug 15, 2013

The plight of this character was so sad to me. He is disconnected from everything and everyone. His existence is so inconsequential that you can imagine he does not even leave footprints. His ineffectiveness is crushing and yet the story is so beautiful at the same time. Sometimes the absence of all that you yearn for is a reminder of how wonderful it is to yearn for something. Does that make sense?

Ansel1 Aug 06, 2012

Naipaul has an easy, flowing writing style. I lived in Africa for a couple of years and his descriptions of culturally based actions and events are, by my account anyway, well perceived.

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