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Half a life : a novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2001; vuoden 2011 painos)

– tekijä: V. S. Naipaul

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A devastatingly moving and often very funny novel from a masterful voice.In a corner of India untouched by anti-colonial agitation Willy Chandran's father stood at odds with the world - aspiring to greatness whilst living out the dreary life marked out for him by his ancestors. In an attempt to defy his past, he marries a low-caste woman only to find himself at the mercy of his own fury. From this unhappy union the utterly compelling character of Willy Chandran emerges, oddly like his father, naively eager to find something that will place him both in and apart from the world. He is drawn to England and the immigrant community of post war London, its dingy West End clubs, and sexual encounters, and even to the eccentric milieu of the English writer. But it is Willy's first experience of love that might bring him the fulfilment he so desperately seeks. His wife Ana leads him to her home, a province of Portuguese Africa, a country whose inhabitants are all uncertainly living out the last days of colonialism. Naipaul delineates the relationship between father and son with wonderful clarity and compassion; the comic brilliance of the London scenes and the penetrating descriptions of Africa are hard to beat.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:DavidCraddock
Teoksen nimi:Half a life : a novel
Kirjailijat:V. S. Naipaul
Info:London : Picador, 2011.
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'Half a Life' is an extraordinary novel, packing in more events and locations than one would think possible in something only 240 pages long, and yet there is no sense of the story ever being rushed.

Willy Chandran, named in honour of W. Somerset Maugham, grows up in unusual circumstances in India. His father married a low-caste woman in protest to his own life and situation, and lived ever to regret his decision. His children too must regret the lives they have had forced upon them; Willy at least is able to escape to university in London on a scholarship, though even here he cannot escape his half-and-half background. He writes a novel that soon disappears from view, though not before it has attracted the attention of biracial Ana, who he marries and lives with in Africa in the years leading up to the independence of the former Portuguese colony.

The title of this novel works in different respects. Willy always feels like no more than half of what he should, thanks to his father's earlier approach to life. He is mixed caste - half of one, and half of another. He meets others whose predicaments are similar, including Ana, but their relationship doesn't last, and, having lived half of his life, he escapes to stay with his sister in Berlin, then only half a city, divided by the wall.

The characters are all well-drawn and endlessly fascinating. Indeed, you could argue that there is a lot of Maugham in this novel. Not only does the story open with the great writer meeting Willy's father at his temple, looking for material for the book that would become The Razor's Edge, the tone of the book and its exploration of the psychology of sex has many Maughamesque overtones. The appearance of the real-life writer in this fictionalised setting is handled with sensitivity by Naipaul, just as he handles well those characters of disparate background that we meet along the way.

All in all, a triumph of a book. I've now read several books of Naipaul's, and loved each and every one of them. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Apr 5, 2021 |
Not super memorable. A bit sluggish if I recall correctly. I finished it a week or so ago and haven't retained much of it. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I feel dirty for having read this book. Dirtier for having read a little about the author afterwards and come to realise that the more unpleasant things in it--the apologia for colonialism, the obsession with race and each race's place, and the strangely dismissive-and-worshipping attitude about women that implies a deep misogyny--appear to be confessional. ( )
  eldang | Sep 18, 2019 |
I feel dirty for having read this book. Dirtier for having read a little about the author afterwards and come to realise that the more unpleasant things in it--the apologia for colonialism, the obsession with race and each race's place, and the strangely dismissive-and-worshipping attitude about women that implies a deep misogyny--appear to be confessional. ( )
  eldang | Aug 11, 2019 |
Странен роман, разказващ първата половина от живота на индиец и неговата борба за еманципация от кастовата система на постколониална Индия. Героят, с цената на подмазвачеството и угодничеството на сервилния си баща, успява да напусне Индия, но Индия така и не успява да напусне героя - краят на романа го оставя в Мозамбик (макар и страната никъде да не е изрично упомената), но без значение дали там или в Лондон, Уили не е в състояние да спре да прави паралели между своя живот, и този на баща си.
Видиадхар Сураджпрасад Найпол има славата на противоречива личност и писател. Любопитен факт за мен би представлявал процесът на създаване на този конкретен роман. Четейки го, не можах да се освободя от усещането, че писателят не е знаел за какво точно пише, и в каква посока ще поеме фабулата на следващата страница. Недомислен и компресиран, романът не остави у мен усещане за допир с литература от Нобелов калибър. ( )
  terrigena | Jun 30, 2018 |
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''Half a Life,'' the fierce new novel by V. S. Naipaul, the new Nobel laureate, is one of those rare books that stands as both a small masterpiece in its own right and as a potent distillation of the author's work to date, a book that recapitulates all his themes of exile, postcolonial confusion, third world angst, and filial love and rebellion while recounting with uncommon elegance and acerbity the story of the coming of age of its hero, Willie Chandran.
 

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A devastatingly moving and often very funny novel from a masterful voice.In a corner of India untouched by anti-colonial agitation Willy Chandran's father stood at odds with the world - aspiring to greatness whilst living out the dreary life marked out for him by his ancestors. In an attempt to defy his past, he marries a low-caste woman only to find himself at the mercy of his own fury. From this unhappy union the utterly compelling character of Willy Chandran emerges, oddly like his father, naively eager to find something that will place him both in and apart from the world. He is drawn to England and the immigrant community of post war London, its dingy West End clubs, and sexual encounters, and even to the eccentric milieu of the English writer. But it is Willy's first experience of love that might bring him the fulfilment he so desperately seeks. His wife Ana leads him to her home, a province of Portuguese Africa, a country whose inhabitants are all uncertainly living out the last days of colonialism. Naipaul delineates the relationship between father and son with wonderful clarity and compassion; the comic brilliance of the London scenes and the penetrating descriptions of Africa are hard to beat.

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