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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THE MIMIC MEN: A Novel

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Naipaul's style is as distinctive as a fingerprint. At once direct of phrase and elusive of substance, it is exactly suited to the character he portrays. Singh, the narrator, is a colonial politician ... Read full review

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

This was a somewhat slower read than some of Naipaul's other works, in my opinion, but I think there's more subtlety here the more I look at it---the difficulty in seeing it is that a lot of the work ... 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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