In a Free State: A Novel Paperback – February 12, 2002 V. S. Naipaul Vintage 1400030552 Literary

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June 11, 2015
V.S. Naipaul's
Thomas M. Lane
September 23, 2018
Naipaul at his best, unflinching, absolutely unsentimental take on race & sexual politics
Amazon Customer
October 31, 2016
Descriptions and adjectives used in the whole book feel harsh to the reader. Many times the characters' prejudices may cause disconfort, just as the prejudices the characters themselves suffer. No one escapes, things just happen. Feelings and perceptions mix with the events. And that is exactly what makes Naipaul books feel so real, even when places and characters differ so much.
September 17, 2016
Having been a fan of Naipaul for several years I was disappointed with the book In A Free State. Of the stories included I found only One Out Of Many amusing and entertaining. When reading the story In A Free State I recognized much of the East Africa where I worked and lived for three years, but the story is too drawn out and I was longing to come to its end.
Marion J. Simms
June 7, 2018
Beautifully written. It describes in profound clarity how living away from the country of your birth leaves you quite adrift at times and also how no country wants to be governed by another. Great book!
Amazon Customer
October 2, 2016
Lovely prose, and intense storytelling. Interesting point of view - the outsider in different perspectives. But, not as great as his best, like A House for Mr Biswas
March 9, 2014
People love to bag Naipaul and sit in judgement of him especially after the 2008 biography, but that kind of pass time can best be left to boring reactionaries who can't separate the man from the work. People also argue his characters have no chance of redemption and there is little hope for them, well - boo hoo. This book, along with Guerrillas, crackles so sharply it's hard to look away. At it's heart it's a dialogue driven road trip. I won't waste any time telling of plot and characters because, for this reader, those were secondary to the breathtakingly lucid vision Naipaul holds. His prose is simply so clear and precise, so attuned to the moment by moment nuance of human nature. I just want to keep using the word 'lucid', because his writing makes you feel like you've smoked something that has sharpened all your senses. The sheer level of his concentration is awe inspiring. How incredibly lucky we've been to have him with us.
C L W Black Brierton
September 2, 2016
V S Naipaul is a master at capturing political unease in tropical lands.

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