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In novels such as "In a Free state" (a dazzling tour de force), "Guerrillas" and now, perhaps best of all, "A Bend in the River," Naipaul struggles. A Bend in the River [V. S. Naipaul] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the "brilliant novel" (The New York Times) V.S. Naipaul takes us. Exploring themes of identity and knowledge in post-colonial Africa, A Bend in the River, by V.S. Naipaul, tells the tale of a young Afro-Arab man of Indian decent.
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Lecturing his provincial admirers on the Big Man's greatness, Raymond asks them to listen in those interminable speeches for "that note.
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I don't think many people know that earlier this year [the Big Man] and his entire government made a pilgrimage to the village of that woman of Africa. Has that been done before? Has any ruler attempted to give sanctity to the bush of Africa?
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This act of piety is something that brings tears to the a bend in the river. Raymond is soon dumped by the Big Man, to become another used-up intellectual whose phrases are no longer handy. The Big Man has a genius for destructive manipulation, cutting down his army through a brilliantly evoked gang of white mercenaries, crew-cut killers in order to quash potential rivals.
The country's new elite--raw, fearful, greedy, but specked with idealism--is kept a bend in the river on edge: To the disenchanted Indian, Mahesh, "It isn't that there's no right and wrong here. Inexorably he is pushed into a kind of despair, saddened by a growing persuasion that, at least in the Big Man's country, human effort must burn itself out into waste, while ideas and ideals shrink to mere covers for power.
Civilized norms are all we have to defend ourselves against ourselves, and they form, at best, a thin shield. And Salim begins to feel part of the country, inspired by the Big Man even while seeing that it's all a hoax: Unfortunately, he soon learns that his coastal village has been destroyed in a revolution and his family has dispersed.
Now Salim is truly marooned. The new novel resumes and modifies certain of these themes. Both novels see the world in colonial colours — as determined by empires, in the furtherance of which races have defeated and enslaved each other, in which they have met and married, in which a black mercenary might marry a daughter of Venice.
For much of its course, the new a bend in the river takes all this for granted.
A Bend in the River
The work follows Salim, an ethnically Indian trader who moves to the newly independent hinterland of an anonymous Francophone state modeled on the former Belgian Congo.
Indeed, Naipaul towers next to Conrad, whose work surely inspired this novel. However, there is trouble brewing there, and A bend in the river becomes worried about his future and the future of his family. So he buys a shop deeper inside the continent, from a man called Nazruddin.
Once he gets there, however, he sees that the small town, by a bend in the river, is in ruins from the destruction of the revolution.