GREAT MASE RS LI TE RAT UR E DESIGNED BY SOURABHA AL JRFNET
SIR VIDIADHAR SURAJPRASAD NAIPAUL 1932-2018
Sir V S Naipaul, born in Trinidad in 1932, is the descendant of indentured labourers shipped from India. After attending Oxford University, he subsequently settled in England, though he remained an extensive traveller. He is known for his pessimistic novels that are set in developing countries. He is winner of many prestigious awards like the Booker Prize in 1971 for 'In a Free State'; he was awarded the Trinity Cross, Trinidad and Tobago's highest national honour in 1989. He was also knighted in 1990. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for "revelations of suppressed histories" through his novels.
Fiction The Mystic Masseur (1957) .The Suffrage of Elvira (1958) Miguel Street (1959) A House for Mr Biswas (1961) Mr Stone and the Knights Companion (1963) .The Mimic Men (1967) A Flag on the Island (1967) .In a Free State (1971) .Guerrillas (1975) A Bend in the River (1979) . The Enigma of Arrival (1987) A Way in the World (1994) Half a Life (2001) The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book: And Other Comic Inventions (Stories) (2002) Magic Seeds (2004)
Non-fiction The Middle Passage: Impressions of Five Societies - British, French and Dutch in the West Indies and South America (1962) An Area of Darkness (1964) The Loss of El Dorado (1969) India: A Wounded Civilization (1977) A Congo Diary (1980) The Return of Eva Per n and the Killings in Trinidad (1980) Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey (1981) Finding the Centre: Two Narratives (1984) A Turn in the South (1989) India: A Million Mutinies Now (1990) Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples (1998) The Writer and the World: Essays (2002) A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling (2007) The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief (2010)
The Mystic Masseur It is the story of a poor and frustrated young writer who belongs to the lowest caste of Trinidad. The story begins in 1940s as the narrator tells how a young masseur had special ability to heal through his 'mystic massages'. Ganesh Ramsumair, the protagonist is a teacher in a Trinidadian village Fourways. To improve his financial conditions, Ganesh gives the massage treatment to local habitants claiming to have miraculous powers. As he comes to know about his father's death, he returns to his hometown to his aunt, 'the Great Belcher. There he meets Ramlogan, an owner of shops, who offers Ganesh his daughter Leela in marriage. Leela though reluctant, marries Ganesh and they both settle at a house at Fuente Grove purchased from the dowry.
It is Beharry, another store owner, who put the idea of becoming an author into Ganesh's mind. He orders a lot of books and initially, Leela also supports him in his ambition. . However, finding Ganesh not seriously interested in anything, she eventually leaves her and goes back to her father's house. . Finally, Ganesh is able to publish his first book entitled, 101 Questions and Answers on the Hindu Religion' which pleases both Leela an d Ramlogan. However they are angry about the fact that Ganesh dedicated the book to Beharry instead of them. . The initial response to the book is very poor but as soon as Ganeslh dons the role of a religious guru, having 'mystic healing powers' the selling of his book also begins to rise along with his popularity
Ramlogan tries to cash in his popularity by arbitrarily raising taxi fare every day as he owns all the taxis of the town and people seek to go to Ganesh's house. However, Ganesh threats to start his own cab service which finally subdues Ramlogan. . Soon his fame spread to the whole city and eventually he becomes the president of the Trinidad Hindu Association displacing C.S. Narayan. He also runs for the Legislative Council of Trinidad and wins but soon realizes that politics is not his cup of tea. He also publishes a memoir, The Years of Guilt' which
Miguel Street It is a collection of short stories linked together by location based on a real street Luis Street where the author lived with his family in the 1940s. The stories are set during the II world war on Miguel Street, Port of Spain. There are total 17 stories, each deal with a character who lives at Miguel street. These are the characters in the stories: Bogart: a person who leave to America to fulfill his dream but instead becomes a failure. Popo: a failed carpenter living in an illusionary world. George: a man with failed marriage. Elias: an unsuccessful labourer. Man-man: loses his mind after the death of his dog. Wordsworth: an aspiring poet who has written only a single line.
Bigfoot: a failed boxer Hat: an abusive father Titus: teacher of Popo and living in illusory world. Laura: a prostitute with 8 children from 7 men. Eddos: a garbage man who loves to collect books but never reads them. Mr. and Mrs. Hereira: a couple who fights bitterly. .Bhakcu: a man supposed to be an expert car mechanic but actually don't know how to repair cars. Bolo: a pessimistic man who eventually wins a lottery .Edward: brother of Hat, his wife deserts him because of his impotency. The final story, "How I Left Miguel Street," brings all the characters together.
Govt. College Lecturer, JRF-NET (2003) English Teaching literature and grammar since 2001 to undergraduates , postgraduates, Net aspirants a