The Mimic Men: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 20, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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A profound novel of cultural displacement, The Mimic Men masterfully evokes a colonial man’s experience in a postcolonial world.

Born of Indian heritage and raised on a British-dependent Caribbean island, Ralph Singh has retired to suburban London, writing his memoirs as a means to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him to recognize the paradox of his childhood during which he secretly fantasized about a heroic India, yet changed his name from Ranjit Kripalsingh. As he assesses his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious white woman, Singh realizes what has kept him from becoming a proper Englishman. But it is the return home and his subsequent immersion in the roiling political atmosphere of a newly self-governed nation that ultimately provide Singh with the necessary insight to discover the crux of his disillusionment.

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User Review  - Bogdan - Goodreads

I learned a lot about what it means to be a stranger and the life on the former colonies from the Carribean. I didn't like the style of this writer. It was like always waiting for the naration to burst but the waiting was in vane. My copy of this book is in romanian. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

V. S. Naipaul’s new novel, Half a Life, will be published by Knopf in fall 2001. Naipaul lives in Wiltshire, England.

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