The Mimic Men

The Mimic Men

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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Forty-year-old Ralph Singh, exiled in disgrace from his Caribbean home island, recalls, in a shoddy London boarding house, the too-large and too-fast events that proved beyond his control and destroyed his political career. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

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& Taylor

Forty-year-old Ralph Singh, exiled in disgrace from his Caribgean home island, recalls, in a shoddy London boarding house, the too-large and too-fast events that proved beyond his control and destroyed his political career.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2001
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780375707179
0375707174
Branch Call Number: Fiction Nai
Characteristics: 300 p. ; 21 cm

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Jul 17, 2015

Eh. This is the first I've read of Naipaul, and his prose certainly does flow. However, this is a real downer of a book about race relations and colonization of Caribbean Islands. A little too political for me, and very cynical. The narrator is the protagonist, and not very likable. I'm really pretty surprised that I stuck it out...a tribute to Naipaul's writing. Not his story.

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