Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × in
Published: November 16, 2004
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0676975550
ISBN - 13: 9780676975550
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One The Rose-Sellers It had begun many years before, in Berlin. Another world. He was living there in a temporary, half-and-half way with his sister Sarojini. After Africa it had been a great refreshment, this new kind of protected life, being almost a tourist, without demands and without anxiety. It had to end, of course; and it began to end the day Sarojini said to him, "You''ve been here for six months. I may not be able to get your visa renewed again. You know what that means. You may not be able to stay here. That''s the way the world is made. You can''t object to it. You''ve got to start thinking of moving on. Do you have any idea of where you can go? Is there anything you feel you want to do?" Willie said, "I know about the visa. I''ve been thinking about it." Sarojini said, "I know your kind of thinking. It means putting something to the back of your mind." Willie said, "I don''t see what I can do. I don''t know where I can go." "You''ve never felt there was anything for you to do. You''ve never understood that men have to make the world for themselves." "You''re right." "Don''t talk to me like that. That''s the way the oppressor class thinks. They''ve just got to sit tight, and the world will continue to be all right for them." Willie said, "It doesn''t help me when you twist things. You know very well what I mean. I feel a bad hand was dealt me. What could I have done in India? What could I h
From the Publisher
A stunning novel of the present moment that takes us into the
hearts and minds of those who use terrorism as an ideal and a way
of life, and those who aspire to the frightening power of
Abandoning a life he felt was not his own, Willie Chandran (the
hero of Half a Life) moves to Berlin where his sister's radical
political awakening inspires him to join a liberation movement in
India. There, in the jungles and dirt-poor small villages, through
months of secrecy and night marches, Willie - a solitary, inward
man - discovers both the idealism and brutality of guerilla
warfare. When he finally escapes the movement, he is imprisoned for
the murder of three policemen. Released unexpectedly on condition
he return to England, he attempts to climb back into life in the
West, but his experience of wealth, love and despair in London only
bedevils him further.
Magic Seeds is a moving tale of a man searching
for his life and fearing he has wasted it, and a testing study of
the conflicts between the rich and the poor, and the struggles
within each. Its spare, elegant prose sizzles with devastating
psychological analysis, bleak humour and astonishing characters.
Only V. S. Naipaul could have written a novel so attuned to the
world and so much a challenge to it.
About the Author
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. After four years at
University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has
followed no other profession. His books include Literary
Occasions, A House for Mr. Biswas and
The Enigma of Arrival. In 2001 he was awarded the
Nobel Prize in Literature.
"When Naipaul talks, we listen."
-The Atlantic Monthly
Praise for Half a Life:
"Naipaul is a master of English prose and the prose of Half a Life
is as clean and cold as a knife."
-J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize
"Here, sentence by sentence, is the consummate craftsmanship, the
perception, the precision, the style."
-The Globe and Mail