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Guerrillas by V. S. Naipaul

Guerrillas (1975)

by V. S. Naipaul

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Set on a troubled Caribbean island, where Asians, Africans, Americans and former British colonials co-exist in a state of suppressed hysteria, Guerrillas is a novel of colonialism and revolution. A white man arrives with his mistress, an Englishwoman influenced by fantasies of native power and sexuality, unaware of the consequences of her actions. Together with a leader of the "revolution", they act out a gripping drama of death, sexual violence, and spiritual impotence. Guerrillas depicts a convulsion in public life, and ends in private violence. Place and people are evoked with an intensity unrivalled elsewhere. The novel comes with extraordinary force from the centre of a profound moral awareness of the world's plight.… (more)



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1789 Guerrillas, by V. S. Naipaul (read 13 Nov 1984) This 1975 novel is laid on a West Indian island and tells of an English girl, Jane, who comes there with Peter Roche, who had been tortured in South Africa. Jimmy Alimed is a black 'guerrilla' who Jane, for no conceivable reason, has two sexual encounters with--Naipaul paints the scene and the atmosphere of the hot awful island well, but there is nobody to care about in the story. The sex is brutal and nauseating. It is all rather obscure and supposedly freighted with more meaning than is immediately clear to me. It is not fun reading, though one must admire the writing ability of Naipaul. But he sure could have omitted the explicit nauseating repulsive sex scenes. I had not encountered anything like that in the two prior books of his I have read. ( )
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