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ISBN: 067697502X / ISBN-13: 9780676975024

Half a Life

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In "Half a Life" we are introduced to the compelling figure of Willie Chandran. Springing from the unhappy union of a low-caste mother and a father ... Show synopsis

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  • Half a Life (Vintage Books Canada) – Trade paperback (2002)
    by V S Naipaul

    Half a Life

    Trade paperback, Vintage Books Canada
    2002
    English
    224 pages

    ISBN: 067697502X
    ISBN-13: 9780676975024

    One of the finest living writers in the English language, V. S. Naipaul gives us a tale as wholly unexpected as it is affecting, his first novel since the exultantly acclaimed A Way in the World, published seven years ago. Half a Life is the story of Willie Chandran, whose father, heeding the call of Mahatma Gandhi, turned his back on his brahmin heritage and married a woman of low caste -- a disastrous union he would live to regret, as he would the children that issued from it. When Willie reaches manhood, his flight from ... Show more

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Overall customer rating: 2.000
hedvah s

iNDIAN TRYING TO FIND HIMSELF

by hedvah s on Jul 28, 2011

NAIPUL IS AN EXPERIENCED WRITER OF MANY BOOKS. tHIS ONE IS PROBABLY AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL . iT IS STORY OF A MAN FROM CHILDHOOD TO MATURITY BORN IN INDIA HE GOES TO ENGLAND LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO FOCUS HIS LIFE. . HE FALLS IN LOVE WITH A YOUNG WOMAN IN ENGLAND, WHO IS DEPORTED AS AN UNREGISTERED ALIEN.HE GOES WITH HER TO HER NATIVE COUNTRY IN AFRICA. AFTER 20 YEARS OF LIFE WITH HER IN AFRICA HE DECIDES HE HAS BEEN LIVING HER LIFE, NOT HIS AND HE LEAVES HER. I DID NOT FIND THE CHARACTERS APPEALING. HE WRITES VERY WELL.

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pamela1717

Lackluster...

by pamela1717 on Oct 17, 2009

Read for my book club and panned by all members. We all felt it failed to keep the reader engaged, the writing seemed "half done", and the protagonist was very unlikeable. We also found it unsettling the story was somewhat autobiographical. Not only was the protagonist a jerk but apparently the author may be one as well. It may be Pollyanna of us to think this way, but it is what it is. I abandoned it 20 pages from the end. For a better depiction of a coming of age Indian story I would recommend instead: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.

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