V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in He came to England on a scholarship in He spent four years at University College, Oxford, and began to write. Guerrillas has ratings and 82 reviews. AC said: This is only my first read Naipaul — I listened (via audible) to Bend in the River, and loved it crux of the plot of Naipaul’s novel, Guerrillas. This fictional text his literary achievements, Trinidad-born V. S. Naipaul has produced an impressive array.

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A difficult to comprehend story line, the book fails to hold interest. Fictional Murder and Ugerrillas Descriptive Deaths: At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarshi Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. It is all brilliantly done, particularly the evocation of place.

Naipaul’s writing for decades, both his novels and his rather gloomy travel writing. She knew only what she was and what she had been born to; to this knowledge she was tethered; it was her stability, enabling her to adventure in security.


I dont think he has ever reached this level of desolation ever again in his career. The uprising is handled well and subverts gueerrillas multiple times.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Were the fix truly in, though, rendering the violence in-scene would be misleading.


I found the alternating perspectives an interesting way to view what might otherwise be considered a dreadful fully slow story. Not for the overly faint of heart, is Naipaul – though at least this book, Guerrillas, is both short and readable. Naipaul employs a dense gueerrillas prose, at times as suffocating as his story; the characters are complex and subtle, even if directionless.

And Jane herself, the succubus, cold to Roche, attracted to Jimmy and to his deviant sexuality, is not sure if guegrillas place belongs on the island or back in England. I really struggled with getting through the violence of this novel.

GUERRILLAS by V.S. Naipaul | Kirkus Reviews

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Amid the tumult of a societal crisis, the climax of the book is violent and tragic.

When the brawling, hungry slum that comprises this tiny republic explodes in flames bringing a swarm of U. May 26, PaperBird added it.

Roche loves her, but also hopes that the island will claim her. Biswas, disappointed me, but this one has great force. It’s not easy to place my finger on exactly why, but some of the phrases struck me as confusing, and often found my self scratching my head and rereading sentences.

No easy answers for Naipaul: Jimmy stands out as the neutered colonial outpost while Jane and Roche represent the equally improvident mother country, unable to provide any more and therefore needing to pay for the sins of the past.


A novel of colonialism and revolution, death, sexual violence and political and spiritual impotence. Want to Read saving…. But Naipaul lacks the capability tuerrillas tell that story, sadly.


But can you not at least develop a complex and mature woman, whom the reader can feel for and respect as an individual—even disliking her would be fine—just some damn emotion stirred up from me as a reader would be nice! Everything else is vague, diffident, so very English, and understated.

This is a novel told on two different levels; each character is distinctly human, and yet each character is a metaphor for an aspect of the post-colonial world. A story told from his point of view and focusing on his experiences would have been much more interesting. Mar 07, Samir Rawas Sarayji rated it it was ok Shelves: I dislike v.s.naipau like it.

Guerillas is a brutally honest novel about the inevitable Guerillas is a vicious self-help novel for wounded colonized people and their guilty colonizers. Roche is engaged with helping the poor on the island, which puts him in contact with gerrillas dishonest revolutionary opportunist named Jimmy.

The characters themselves almost seem to be symbols or types that are seen in these kinds of conflict:

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