Half A Life Book Review Summary

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HALF A LIFE by V S NAIPAUL. If you are like the multitudes who have never read a Nobel Laureate, here's the opportunity to change that. A beguiling simple book on the surface, with Naipaul's favorite theme of emigration to two different continents and societies. The book starts out in India, London and in an unnamed country in Portuguese East Africa. We follow the life of Willie Chandran from his infancy till he is forty-one (Half a Life) at which point the book simply ends. The reader goes along as Willie
encounters the world, and gets his sexual experiences.

This is Naipaul's first novel in six years, and is definitely a good way to get introduced to Naipaul's work, maybe before exploring his 'A House for Mr. Biswas' and other books.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Inside culture (main char)    -   Other Asian Other aspects:    -   immigrant story Culture clash?    -   family young v. old guard    -   visiting a culture in other country Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   Indian from India If story of urban/rural...    -   Big city life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   rebelling against parent's expectations

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Indian Indian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa City?    -   Yes City:    -   London

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of hetero sex Amount of dialog    -   little dialog

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