Naipaul s third novel about a bunch of "colorful characters living n a street n Port of Spain This s unlike any other Naipaul I have "characters living Tangents in a streetn Port of Spain This s unlike any other Naipaul I have so far I have read his work backwards starting with his later novels and then moving on to the earlier "ones a small write up by Tarun Tejpal nside the book recommends "a small write up by Tarun Tejpal Lėlininkai inside the book recommends Street and The Mystic Masseur for first time readers of Naipaul Miguel Streets not without A Primavera de Helliconia - 1 (Helliconia, its share of misery and darkness butt s generally a hilarious novel tracing the antics of the Indian and West Indian characters who are n each others lives all the timeDespite the easy air with which the Indian narrator tells the stories of the people Двойна звезда in the street Naipaul lets slip a bit of the misanthropy that would characterize some of his later workn the second chapter The Worst Breakfast itself when the Indian narrator complains about a womann the street who stares at him while he eats The characters are boisterous some of them reminded me of Willie Chandran from Half a Life and Magic Seeds jumping from one accident to anotherI took a while to get The Maracot Deep into the book I didn t really get the humorn the beginning But I am glad I stuck with Slade House it It does get really hilariousn the middle and the ending The New Catacomb is tinged with nostalgia and sadness as the narrator matures and grows out of the peoplen the street Let no one fool you nto thinking that just because this book s set Out of My Mind in the beautifulsland of Trinidad that somehow t will pander to the stereotype of the Caribbean as being an dyllic eco paradise filled with mirth and tranuillity In fact VS Naipaul s utterly bleak and ultra realistic depiction of war time pre Затворникът independence Trinidad could be summed up as hilariously misanthropic at worst and desperately hopeless at best I A seuence of delightful vignettes that document the sometimes hilarious goings onn Miguel street Gilliamesque in Port of Spain Trinidad Theres a single child narrator for all of the stories that are further I robot dellalba interconnected by major characters appearingn several of them The style The Cinema of David Cronenberg is brilliant an. A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say 'Slum' because he could see no But tots residents this derelict corner of Trinidad's capital The Best of Philip K. Dick is a complete world where everybodys uite different from everybody else There's Popo the carpenter who neglects his livelihood to build the thing withou. The eyes of a 10 year old boy or so and his good friend an older man who categorizes each neighbor with a short descriptive phrase He s a first class drinking man So who are these men We have a carpenter who really remodels stolen furniture One s a trash scavenger paid by the city and he s proud of the cleanliness of his cart There s a man who "makes fireworks and seems to be a pyromaniac There s a tailor never seen making any clothes who s arrested "fireworks and seems to be a pyromaniac There s a tailor never seen making any clothes who The Dreaming Jewels is arrested bigamy After one man s wife dies he turns his housento a brothel catering to American servicemen Mad Man spends his days writing words on the street 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in chalk Eventually he ties himself to a cross andnvites the neighborhood to stone him to death There s a kind of chronology to the stories because the later ones talk about the Greystone Tavern impact of US serviceman on the locals One young man becomesnfatuated with the Americans and starts dating American women and trying to emulate their dress and even their accents I did not know that the US had military bases n Trinidad during WW II when the sland was still a British colony I looked t up and II when the sland was still a #British colony I looked Cordelias Honor (Vorkosigan Omnibus, it up and a book aboutt and a summary of the book #colony I looked The Man-Kzin Wars it up and a book aboutt and a summary of the book was one of the author s first of what was eventually about 30 books Naipaul was such a good student that he earned a scholarship to Oxford While there he started his journalism career working for the BBC Wiki describes his working on the Miguel Street book Sitting Number the Stars in the BBC freelancers roomn the old Langham Hotel he wrote Bogart the first story of Miguel Street which was The Origins of the Cultural Revolution, Vol. 2 inspired by a neighbor he knew as a childn Port of Spain Naipaul wrote Miguel Street The Night Stalker (Robert Hunter, in five weeks The New York Times said about the book The sketches are written lightly so that tragedys understated and comedy Mona Lisa Acelerada is overstated yet the ring of truth always prevails A good read but the subject matter can be upsetting Top photo of modern day Port of Spain from loopnewsliveblobcorewindowsnetPhoto of Port of Spain during WW II from 1bpblogspotcomThe author fromchefbbcicouknewsvsnaipaulget. Eighbors construct around them with Dickensian verve and Chekhovian compassionSet during World War II and narrated by an unnamed but precociously observant neighborhood boy Miguel Street s a work of mercurial mood shifts by turns sweetly melancholy and anarchically funny It overflows with life on every pa.
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