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Book Title: In a Free State|
The size of the: 8.92 MB
Edition: Picador USA
Date of issue: December 1st 2001
The author of the book: V.S. Naipaul
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780330487054
Read full description of the books In a Free State:Bobby Said, “I never learned to drive until I came out here. But during my illness I always consoled myself with the fantasy of driving through a cold and rainy night, driving endless miles, until I came to a cottage and right at the top of a hill. There would be a fire there and it would be warm and I would be perfectly safe.”
Rain outside and fire inside that is always romantic!
In this book, story gears ahead with the revving of an engine when a burst of blue smoke and squeal of tyres are heard and then at some places skidding and slithering of the story come to a halt when the back of car slaps a mound of earth.
Actually, it is about two expatriates, Bobby and Linda, driving across a nameless African country. The plot is set in Africa during the time when many of its countries were decolonized.
This book can be picked up for two explicit reasons. First, it won’t take much of your time. This is quite small in size. Second, it's a Booker award winner book of Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul. Naipaul said somewhere that this book was conceived and written during the period of intense personal depression that lasted two or three years. And it was his last such period afterward he was to know serenity. This book was probably one among his great works but I can understand how that eternal period of serenity gave us some very fine and even better works of literature later.
This book depicts the chaos and frequent violence in a newly decolonized country; showing how young expatriates were attracted to these countries in search of expanded moral and sexual freedoms.
It also shows how the English effect was persisting there even after their departure.
“The Africans drank shorter, prettier drinks with cocktail sticks and wore English-made Daks suits. Their hair was parted low on the left and piled up on the right, in the style known to city African as the English style.”
What I liked about this book is the precise writing style of Naipaul and the way in which multiple themes can be explored reading this book especially through the events and conversations during the car trip of Bobby and Linda. First, they found liberation and freedom of desire in this land but later at the time of tribal conflict and rage they were forced to take a long drive to the safety!
I will recommend it to them who have not yet read anything of Naipaul. A good book to start with!
Read information about the authorNaipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.
At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad. In the introduction to the 20th-anniversary edition of A House for Mr. Biswas, he reflected that the scholarship would have allowed him to study any subject at any institution of higher learning in the British Commonwealth, but that he chose to go to Oxford to do a simple degree in English. He went, he wrote, "in order at last to write...." In August 1950, Naipaul boarded a Pan Am flight to New York, continuing the next day by boat to London.
50 years later, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad "V. S." Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories."
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