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In his long-awaited, enormously cutting edge new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's nice travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what's straight away an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . an excellent new prism wherein to view (Naipaul's) lifestyles and work."--New York instances.
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On the door to my apartment building, there was a handwritten note taped to the glass: “Need help. L[scratched out letter]ost dog on Malden St. I was on ground having seasure. Had leash and colar too. ” I saw myself in the window of the front door as I went in. My face looked sunk. I still work. I still work! * I lived with my brother. 24 [RONTEL] Our apartment was two studio apartments connected. He lived in one studio, with its own door. I lived in a sectioned off area of the second studio, in a four feet by eight feet room divided by a bedsheet staplegunned to the ceiling and hung to the floor.
It was extremely impressive. Not even going to describe it because I already know I could never do that. Anyone witnessing it would be impressed though. I looked at Rontel and thought about how pretty he was. How much I loved him. How, actually no, if he died it probably wouldn’t affect me. Like, there was nothing to be taken from me that would affect me. Like, I’d trained myself to feel no harm. True sadness. Let me show you how a real man endures true sadness. When I focused on the game, my brother knocked someone over and then I skated up to the fallen player and tried to shoot the puck into his face.
Caressed in foul delight. Such foul delight. Oh North America, how I want to show you such foul delight! * When I was at the Salvation Army buying the pants, I folded them over my arm and walked around the store for a while—just to delay buying them, to prolong the feeling of anticipation, the sex. And out from the toy aisle, an overweight homeless man walked up to me, smiling. He was holding a few board games, each a decade or two old. He was a foot shorter than me and had a huge stomach that hung out of the bottom of his shirt.
A Way in the World: A Novel by V. S. Naipaul