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Half A Life: A Novel

In a narrative that moves with dreamlike swiftness from India to England to Africa, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul has produced his finest novel to date, a bleakly resonant study of the fraudulent bargains that make up an identity.The son of a Brahmin ascetic and his lower-caste wife, Willie Chandran grows up sensing the hollowness at the core of his father's self-denial and vowing to live more auth...

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (October 8, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 037570728X
ISBN-13: 978-0375707285
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
Amazon Rank: 907442
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“Half a life is just that. It's a young man's story until he's about 40. Willie's born in the Maharaja's state in India, from a line of people who have performed sacred Hindi rituals for the ruler, a high caste.Willie's father has set him up for trag...”

ntically. That search takes him to the immigrant and literary bohemias of 1950s London, to a facile and unsatisfying career as a writer, and at last to a decaying Portugese colony in East Africa, where he finds a happiness he will then be compelled to betray. Brilliantly orchestrated, at once elegiac and devastating in its portraits of colonial grandeur and pretension, Half a Life represents the pinnacle of Naipaul's career.