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  1. says:

    The ramp up of Part 1 seems unusually long, though hardly a slog In it Naipaul s classic, young, post colonial island man takes up residence in a shared house in post war Kensington, a part of London that was once seedy and cheap according to the author The house is full of Maltese and Italians and various sad alcoholics who fall down a lot Leini, an Italo Maltese woman living in the dank basement, gets a party together to attend the baptism of her fatherless child It s a sad affair The narrator, Ranjit Kripalsingh, shortened to Ralph Singh, then marries an emotionally damaged young woman with magnificent breasts who by acting out randomly alienates anyone who might befriend them as a couple Soon a retreat to the author s native isle of Isabella seems prudent On docking, Singh s mother, learning she now has a white daughter in law, makes a scene Soon thereafter Singh gets creative with a legacy of wasteland and becomes a wealthy developer The wife gets worse due to the materialism Soon they ve gone their separate ways and Singh has begun to write It s like The Mystic Masseur but gutted of the humo...


  2. says:

    The Mimic Men is a work of fiction about a man who grew up on a Caribbean island called Isabella not a real island As an adult he moved to England for a while, came back to Isabella, trying to help reconstruct it after it stopped being an English colony and ultimately failing Ralph Singh is a man who tries to Anglicize himself In school he changes his name to Ralph from Ranjit Kripalsingh The story fluctuates back and forth between the two cultures as Ralph Singh tries to come to terms with his identity inside a Caribbean culture while trying to apply English attributes to his person and life There are wheels within wheels because Singh is a man of Caribbean culture but also from Indian culture yet he is not Indian either He is Indian suffused with the culture of the islands.The story has its moments When he describes his life on the island, his family and relatives, I see glances of a vividness in his culture among Indians, whites and those of African descent, not to mention all the ones who share each race, which is quite common in the Caribbean But these moments only occasionally flash here and there.Singh tries to blend into the Englishness of the U.K He marries a white woman, has affairs with many others, but he cannot warm up to the people or their way of life Howe...


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    The story of a man growing up on a Caribbean island called Isabella It is divided into three parts First his trip to England and life there He lives in a rundown hotel and meets eventually Sandra They marry and return to Isabella His mother is upset he has married a white woman Ralph Singh the name he gave himself then becomes a successful property developer He is in a group of people not really friends who envy his success He becomes estranged from his wife who is uneducated and common The second part deals with his childhood and relationships with family and friends His father leaves him and sets up a cult with political aspirations This fails Then his father becomes a leader of a small Hindu sect Ralph family is well off and he associates with his mothers side of the family who are wealthy from having the Coca Cola franchise for the island He is nearly murdered by his cousin Cecil a spoilt child who grows up to lose everything He also begins to be involved in politics The first part also includes his past relationship with his wife Sandra The life they have of building a Roman house, friends they do not like and Ralph s alienation of who he is The third part of the novel is his rise and fall as a politician and return to England to write his memoirs in a London Hotel The story captures the struggle of newly independent colonies and the naive...


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    Sentence for sentence, he is a model of literary tact and precision for me that is why one should read this book There is not a line that does not feel considered This is precisely what Naipaul intended to say It might not be what a lot of people want to hear but I would respectfully suggest that it is far from irrelevant A lot of dull and, indeed, unsympathetic characters have had a lot to say, Camus Meursault,...


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    For fans of Naipaul The Mimic Men will cover familiar territory isolation, identity, apathy For newcomers to Naipaul I suggest you start somewhere else Guerrillas or A Bend in the River would probably be the best starting point In The Mimic Men we are treated to the first person account of the life of Ralph Singe, former government minister of the small island nation of Isabella, now living in exile The story is split into three non linear sections the first detailing Ralph s college years in London, and his return to Isabella with his English wife the second dealing with his youth as a privileged, yet minority Asiatic on Isabella the third covering his rise to power in the newly independent nation As with much of Naipaul s work The Mimic Men is concerned largely with the theme of identity the grander theme of post colonial national identity, as well as the smaller, though no less important, theme of personal identity Ralph like Naipaul himself is a man ...


  6. says:

    I think perhaps the style of the prose is a large factor towards my disliking this novel it just wasn t for me.However, I think the main reason I didn t like it was the protagonist, Ralph Singh I just couldn t connect to the man, no matter ho...


  7. says:

    This book makes you feel small, insignificant, and makes you question the meaning of the almost absurd lives that we all lead in a world transformed by colonialism As an Asian American, I experienced a mixture ...


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    The Mimic Men by V S NaipaulThis is not a spoiler alert per se, since I will not disclose any plot or ending However, I will not write so much about the book as what it made me feel, think and write You are welcome to read my re view , but if you want to know about the plot, the style I am afraid this may be of little helpV.S Naipaul has the magic touch Writing about my impression of The Mimic Men, I think of A Bend in the River and A House for Mr Biswas To make amends for my lack of understanding of The Mimic Men, I can say that I am determined to read again not The Mimics, but one or both of the mentioned masterpieces.When you read the great work of a fabulous writer, you are bound to raise the stakes and expectations for the next book by the same acclaimed author If there are two masterpieces, it gets next to impossible to find the same satisfaction in immersing in the third.That may be what happened here I did not get hooked by The Mimic Men.It is a rare phenomenon for me I can think of three, four authors, from the top of my head that have written than four or five novels that I loved They are Marcel Proust, Somerset Maugham, Herman Hesse and Thomas Mann And the b...


  9. says:

    When I first got this book, I turned to a random page and read a paragraph To my delight, I chanced on some sentimental, musing passage about the misery of being alone, that was melancholic yet moving, and my expectations for the book rose Unfortunately, the sample I encountered proved to be very representative, and I quic...


  10. says:

    This book is utterly lacking in plot, interesting characters, or anything useful to say about the human condition What makes it all the frustrating is that this should be interesting it s about a businessman turned socialist politician in a newly free Island nation But instead of getting gripping highlight...

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