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.

Author: Tozragore Narn
Country: Botswana
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Love
Published (Last): 23 June 2010
Pages: 271
PDF File Size: 2.2 Mb
ePub File Size: 18.79 Mb
ISBN: 406-7-81672-723-9
Downloads: 68112
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Vigor

The main characters are white liberals who find their politics and sentimentality overcome by events, particularly in their complex relationships with a local politician and a local black power revolutionary. I can see why Naipaul is construed as a misogynist. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. These three play off against one another in rising tension, physical and psychological.

When the brawling, hungry slum that comprises this tiny republic explodes in flames bringing a swarm of U. But I’m guerrillax that every great writer has his off moments and that’s what I feel we are looking at here.


Throughout the novel the dread is slowly unwinding until the terrifying ending. Of course, as the novel winds down – the last 20 pages or so – the three protoganists all decide that they will do something. If you like reading the words “decay” and “desolation” over and over, enjoy!

This is not a pretty or funny or pleasant novel. View all 4 comments.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Although the title might evoke images of war and violence, there is very little action taking place in the story.

Everything else is vague, diffident, so very English, and understated. Naipaul is a novel about an unnamed Caribbean country that undergoes a revolution.

Jimmy finds his justification in Cathy’s portrait of Heathcliff: It is all brilliantly done, particularly the evocation of place.

Published September 12th by Vintage first published Perhaps a colonial writer at some point needs to shuck the yoke of his origins and move onto other themes. The most interesting and sympathetic character despite his crimes is the confused, manipulated young boy Bryant.

He went, he wrote, “in order at last to write In an atmosphere of anticipation, where real guerillas never materialize, and political revolution is a fictional abstraction, it is descriptions of landscape that hold a charged textual potential: There are a few people who are both original guerriloas of the island and also wealthy because of their complicity v.s.naipal the colonizers, this makes them outsiders among their own people and also a TWs for this book: No easy answers for Naipaul: I cannot recommend it enough.

Through their interactions with each other a disturbing personal drama is played out, and at the same time this drama reveals to us the struggles of a former colony trying to find its way is a new era. Most of the story happens in the minds of these characters, and the revolution, when it does erupt, happens off-stage and is a damp squib, quickly put out by the authorities and the police who are fed by the islanders — so where are the guerrillas and where is their support base?

All up, it is a very nasty tale told very well. Pages to import images to Wikidata. Thrushcross Grange is the name that Chinese half-breed leader Jimmy Armed has v.s.naipauo to his back-to-the-land revolutionary commune where in fact young boys are reamed rather than reformed; the latest object of his perverse, ultimately bloody affections is the spoiled v.s.naupaul of his chief supporter among the establishment, a man deported from South Africa for his activism.


In fact, the majority of the text seems to be comprised of non-narrative landscape scenes that punctuate dialogues and the slow unfolding of tragedy.

Jul 21, Andrewh rated it liked it. There is an attempted coup or rebellion, but it doesn’t come to much even though the Americans send in some forces. Want to Read saving….

No, but thats not really true. The spectre of the corporate-military power of the US hovers in the background, though the characters do not speak much of it. Not for the overly faint of heart, is Naipaul – though at least this book, Guerrillas, is both short and readable. May 26, PaperBird added it. Scene after scene fixes the narrative eye on bauxite dust, the stink of the sea, or the heat of the bush: This is an intense novel that culminates in some pretty horrific violence that is sort of foreshadowed throughout and hinted at and finally comes to pass.

At 17, he won a Trinidad V.snaipaul scholarship to study abroad.

Guerrillas by V. S. Naipaul

I just finished this today. What is the work of description in this novel of failed revolt? 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.