V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in He came to England on a scholarship in He spent four years at University College, Oxford, and began to write. Guerrillas has ratings and 82 reviews. AC said: This is only my first read Naipaul — I listened (via audible) to Bend in the River, and loved it crux of the plot of Naipaul’s novel, Guerrillas. This fictional text his literary achievements, Trinidad-born V. S. Naipaul has produced an impressive array.

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It is a complex rumination on post-colonial life — identity, race, power, sex, and politics.

The bewildered black rebel struggling with his own impotence and the mediocrity of his compatriots. Essays A Writer’s People: The tone is overwhelmingly acrid, though, and this asperity hangs over the proceedings like the bauxite dust over the city or the US helicopters that mysteriously appear during the insurrection like the much-cited ‘corbeau carrion’. Want to Read saving…. John Roche, South African resistance fighter, Janenaive Englishwoman who seems to be playing around knowing that she can leave at any time, V.s.naipauk Ahmed mulatto leader of the revolution.

Views Read Edit View history. Some episodes in the book are based on the life of Michael Xa Trinidad revolutionary. The well meaning white revolutionary drifting through his life in Africa, knowing deep in his heart that he should have left long ago or should never have come in the first place.


Instead we have tension created through dialogue. Since I have read Patrick French’s biography of Naipaul, I can’t read Naipaul anymore without the lens of that biography. It is disturbing because this book feels very real and believable, and what does that say about the reader The amount of times the words ‘heat’, ‘armpit sweat’ and ‘sweat’ are mentioned is overbearing.

A revolution in a small Caribbean island exposes deviant sexuality, and gender and racial hatred among its principal characters.



This is my first read of Naipaul and he strikes me – in terms f first impressions – as vaguely like Hawethorne though they may simply be a matter of setting and British sensibilities. The flaws of his characters loom much larger than their positive points. In contrast, Naipaul’s judgment comes through v.snaipaul every line.

The novel is stronger if we don’t see Jane’s death, but we do see Roche’s gudrrillas. But I’m afraid that every great writer has his off moments and that’s what I feel we are looking at here. To read is to create the illusion?

Published September 12th by Vintage first published Scene after scene fixes the narrative eye on bauxite dust, the stink of the sea, or the heat of the bush: Oct 21, Julian Tooke rated it really liked it. Guerillas is a brutally honest novel about the inevitable lawlessness and anarchy that a country might descend into, when it is ruled by spiritually wounded and neurotic people.

My problem with Jimmy is that he does not appear to have charisma that will inspire a wide revolutionary following—in fact, there is no evidence of a following, more the opposite, with recruits leaving the farm—except for Jane the conflicted Englishwoman and Bryant his jealous young male lover. How the sequence means: Jane is simply a sex device to categorically convenience the male-dominated plot he wishes to write about.

Stephens falls into this same category.

Adventuring, she was indifferent, perhaps blind, to the contradiction between what she said and what she was so secure of being; and this indifference or blindness, this absence of the sense of the guerrrillas, was part of her unavailability.

The style is intellectual, much of the plot is revealed through discussions between the expatriates and the wealthy locals who have compromised their principles and increased their waistlines or obtained landed immigrant status in Canadaand through character introspections.

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The above would be true even if the action under discussion did not include the canary-in-the-mine that is heterosexual sodomy.


At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarshi Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants.

The basic idea is that we are all pawns in Fate’s chess game. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Death, sex, and revolution make up this book, though mostly it follows the stories of elitist white people selfishly mourning their miserably alienated lives.

I just finished this today. Jane’s character is not as shallowly drawn as it might initially seem, but it’s hard to get a handle on her when the perspective keeps switching from her own to how she is perceived by Roche. The white woman as an object of ultimate sexual fulfillmet or disillusionment? Did a review of this book here: That’s not a failing on my part, that’s a failing on the writer’s part for not letting us care for her.

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. With the exception of a brief and thoroughly unsatisfy triage between Jimmy and Jane, the action happens around the characters, but never too them. The writing is superb but the story is dystopian and misanthropic.

Guerrillas is set in an historical moment; it is about the disaster of colonialism, or rather colonialism as disaster, unmitigated.

This is his first book, i have read and it has been a disaster. The tone is overwhel This is the first Naipaul book I have read and it was a bracing experience – not exactly enjoyable but compelling and thought-provoking a cinematic analogy would be a Michael Haneke film perhaps, in whcih the reader is also complicit in the v.s.naipual being described. No reviews in two years and now two in one day. Yes, I guess thats what Guerillas is really about.