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The Mimic Men: A Novel

The Mimic Men: A Novel
Author: V.S. Naipaul
ISBN 13: 9780375707179
ISBN 10: 375707174
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2001-08-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
List Price: $15.95

A profound novel of cultural displacement, The Mimic Men masterfully evokes a colonial man’s experience in a postcolonial world.

Born of Indian heritage and raised on a British-dependent Caribbean island, Ralph Singh has retired to suburban London, writing his memoirs as a means to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him to recognize the paradox of his childhood during which he secretly fantasized about a heroic India, yet changed his name from Ranjit Kripalsingh. As he assesses his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious white woman, Singh realizes what has kept him from becoming a proper Englishman. But it is the return home and his subsequent immersion in the roiling political atmosphere of a newly self-governed nation that ultimately provide Singh with the necessary insight to discover the crux of his disillusionment.

Alfred Kazin

"He is the most compelling master of social truth that I know of in the contemporary novel." -- The New York Times Book Review