The Mimic Men

Forty-year-old Ralph Singh, exiled in disgrace from his Caribbean home island, recalls, in a shoddy London boarding house, the too-large and too-fast events that proved beyond his control and destroyed his political career.

The Mimic Men

Forty-year-old Ralph Singh, exiled in disgrace from his Caribbean home island, recalls, in a shoddy London boarding house, the too-large and too-fast events that proved beyond his control and destroyed his political career. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

The Mimic Men

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The Mimic Men

"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."--amazon.com.

The Mimic Men

'This new fiction was about colonial shame and fantasy, a book, in fact, about how the powerless lie about themselves, since it is their only resource. The book was called The Mimic Men. And it was not about Mimics.

The Mimic Men

With a preface by the author. V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men is a profound, moving and often humorous novel that evokes a colonial man’s experience in the post-colonial world. Born of Indian heritage, raised in the British-dependent Caribbean island of Isabella, and educated in England, forty-year-old Ralph Singh has spent a lifetime struggling against the torment of cultural displacement. Now in exile from his native country, he has taken up residence at a quaint hotel in a London suburb, where he is writing his memoirs in an attempt to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him to recognize the cultural paradoxes and tainted fantasies of his colonial childhood and later life: his attempts to fit in at school, his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious white woman. But it is the return to Isabella and his subsequent immersion in the roiling political atmosphere of a newly self-governing nation – every kind of racial fantasy taking wing – that ultimately provide Singh with the necessary insight to discover the crux of his disillusionment. ‘A Tolstoyan spirit . . . The so-called Third World has produced no more brilliant literary artist’ John Updike, New Yorker

V S Naipaul

14 A JOURNEY OF REJECTION : V.S. NAIPAUL'S THE MIMIC MEN VEENA SINGH The Mimic Men is a parable of man's ship - wrecked existence . The Image of shipwreck dominates the novel conveying a sense of abandonment and dereliction .

V S  Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul Has Claimed That All His Work Is Really One And He Has Been Writing One Big Book All These Years; Also, Considering The World He Has Stepped Into And The World He Has To Look At, He Cannot Be A Professional Novelist In The Old Sense. In His Early Youth Naipaul Took Up The Vocation Of A Writer As His Religion And, Since The Beginning Five Decades Ago, Has Drawn On His Intensely Personal Experience Of An Uprooted Person Adrift In The World, His Experience Of The Two Worlds To None Of Which He Could Really Belong An Experience That Imparts The Authentic Voice To His Works Both Non-Fiction And Fiction Enriched By A Distinct Autobiographical Flavour. Naipaul Himself Is Split Into His Characters In Whom Are Manifested Subtle Shades Of His Emotions And Traits. He Is Accidental Man, Dangling Man, History Man And The Mimic Man All Rolled Into One. Naipaul Is Also One Of Literature S Great Travellers, And His Absorption Into The Experience Of Rootlessness, The Alienating Effects Of Colonial Past On Today S Postcolonial People Has Taken Him To Africa, South America, India And All Over The World Not In Search Of Roots But In Search Of Rootlessness, And Has Yielded A Rich Harvest Of Travelogues Which Are About Much More Than Travel.An Author Of A Large Number Of Fictional And Non-Fictional Works, Naipaul Continues To Surprise, Excite, Provoke And Move Readers At Every Turn Of His Literary Voyage. Naipaul Has Unseverable Emotional Bond With India Which Remains For Him An Area Of Pain, An Ache For Which One Has A Great Tenderness Yet From Which He Wishes To Separate Himself. The World Of V.S. Naipaul Is The World Of Two Worlds. The Present Volumes Of Papers On Naipaul, Led By Naipaul S Nobel Lecture, Offer Illuminating Perspectives And Interesting Explorations Into This Rich, Enigmatic, Sad, Hilarious, And Fascinating World Of Naipaul.

Reading with a Difference

16 Self - fashioning , Colonial Habitus , and Double Exclusion : V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men " What harsh logic Guides their story ? When release from further journey ? " -Edward Brathwaite ( Rights of Passage ) " The phantasy is the ...

Reading with a Difference

"Reading with a Difference is a collection of eighteen essays that examines how issues of gender, race, and cultural identity inform texts from the seventeenth century to the present. Together the contributions document recent significant shifts occurring in the theoretical approach to the texts they study and illustrate how shifts in each of these categories affect how the others are viewed." "The first section of this anthology explores the notion that identity - particularly gender identity - is a cultural construct. The essays in the second section consider ways in which race and gender intersect with cultural identity and how encounters between different cultures challenge any identity constructed in isolation." "First published in the journal Criticism, these essays offer no blueprint for reading. Instead they encourage a rereading of canonical texts and a questioning of how these texts face matters of gender, race, and cultural identity; how they respond to the differences and the incongruities within the cultures from which they arise; and to which they speak."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Mimic Men

The Mimic Men


V S Naipaul Man and Writer

12 However , the narrator in The Mimic Men is unlike many narrators in modern fiction . Many first - person narrators are obviously unreliable , and the author has ways of conveying to the reader that this is the case .

V S  Naipaul  Man and Writer

Offering a survey of the life and work of the 2001 Nobel Laureate for Literature, V S Naipaul, this book introduces the readers to the writer widely viewed as a curmudgeonly novelist. It assesses each of Naipaul's major publications in light of his stated intentions, and traces the development of his writing style over a forty-year career.

The Mimic Man

By V. S. Naipaul In the Russell Edition MIGUEL STREET THE MYSTIC MASSEUR THE SUFFRAGE OF ELVIRA A HOUSE FOR MR BISWAS A FLAG ON THE ISLAND THE MIMIC MEN MR STONE AND THE KNIGHTS COMPANION THE MIDDLE PASSAGE AN AREA OF DARKNESS THE LOSS ...

The Mimic Man


Reconstructing Hybridity

other converted Englishmen in colonial India and Egypt, see note 1) was a subversive one: he regularly reported to the powers about insurgent ... In this case it is V. S. Naipaul's 1967 novel The Mimic Men and subsequently the ...

Reconstructing Hybridity

This interdisciplinary collection of critical articles seeks to reassess the concept of hybridity and its relevance to post-colonial theory and literature. The challenging articles written by internationally acclaimed scholars discuss the usefulness of the term in relation to such questions as citizenship, whiteness studies and transnational identity politics. In addition to developing theories of hybridity, the articles in this volume deal with the role of hybridity in a variety of literary and cultural phenomena in geographical settings ranging from the Pacific to native North America. The collection pays particular attention to questions of hybridity, migrancy and diaspora.

Postcolonial Situation in the Novels of V S Naipaul

4 THE POSTCOLONIAL SOCIETY AND THE PARADOX OF FREEDOM IN THE MIMIC MEN , A FLAG ON THE ISLAND AND IN A FREE STATE The empires of our time were shortlived , but they have altered the world for ever ; their passing away is their least ...

Postcolonial Situation in the Novels of V S  Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul Is One Of The Most Celebrated Names In English Fiction Today. In His Fiction, Naipaul Presents A Subtle And Sensitive Account Of The Poignant Experiences Of The Colonized People. On The Other Hand, His Commitment To Truth Makes Him Conscious And Critical Of The Shortcomings Of Traditional Cultures As Well. This, Added To His Pessimist Vision Of The World, Makes Him A Highly Controversial Writer. The Present Study Gives A Comprehensive Account Of The Major Works Of Naipaul By Enquiring Into The Postcolonial Themes Of Alienation, Mimicry, Search For An Authentic Selfhood, Power And Freedom That Emerge From Their Reading. The Study Provides Fresh Insights By Raising Questions About Naipaul S Treatment Of Women And African Characters In His Fiction.

The Mimic Men

The Mimic Men is a moving novel that evokes a colonial man's experience in the postcolonial world. Naipaul is the author of 13 works of fiction and has won many prizes including the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The Mimic Men

The Mimic Men is a moving novel that evokes a colonial man's experience in the postcolonial world. Naipaul is the author of 13 works of fiction and has won many prizes including the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

oddly expected and dramatically right ” ( The Mimic Men , p . 141 ) . The characters ' play - acting , as a consequence , takes on a slightly sinister cast when it continues into adult territory for its incompletion rests in a ...

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul

A critical overview of V. S. Naipaul's major fictional and non-fictional publications to date.

A Companion to the City

The materials I have chosen for this task are Samuel Selvon's novel The Lonely Londoners and V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men . Following a brief summary of the two novels , I will attempt to isolate the imaginative context producing the ...

A Companion to the City

A Companion to the City provides the reader with an indispensable and authoritative overview of the key debates, controversies, and questions concerning the city from a variety of theoretical vantage points with an international perspective. Indispensable companion for students of the City. Multidisciplinary approach of interest across several fields. Includes contributions from major scholars in the field.

Imaginary Homelands of Writers in Exile

be real, to be learning, to be preparing for life, we mimic men of the new world” (175). This notion of “mimic men” has been seen by many as a criticism on Naipaul's part of colonialism and colonial methods, and in part, it is also a ...

Imaginary Homelands of Writers in Exile

"A fascinating study, and a major contribution to critical discourse on the literature of exile." - Professor John C. Green, Chair, Department of Theatre, Butler University "A welcome addition to academic library collections in literacy criticism (especially comparative literature), ethnic and immigrant studies, exile and diaspora literature, as well as cultural studies." - James Vroom, Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University "In yoking together with her unsparing research, keen observation, and clearly empathetic stance of three seemingly dissimilar postcolonial writers, Cristina Dascalu has done far more than provide an excellent academic tool and fascinating reading. She has identified and redefined a metaphor for our time." - Professor Francine Ringold, University of Tulsa; Editor-in-Chief, Nimrod International Journal, and Poet Laureate of Oklahoma "Cristina Dascalu writes with a fine touch and knowledge a solid book about exile literature that is clarifying without oversimplifying, convincing, intelligent, poignant.an essential, satisfying reading.a compelling book of extensive scholarship and clear, well-expressed thoughts.A must have, must read book." - Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Poet Laureate of Russia and Distinguished Professor of University of Tulsa "One of the most lucid and concise examinations of exile that I have ever read. Dascalu's meticulous theoretical groundwork allows her to articulate her position in the clearest of terms so that any educated and literate scholar could understand her argument." - Professor G. Matthew Jenkins, Director of the Writing Program, English Department, University of Tulsa "This book holds solid, extensive documentation with an impressive bibliography.the author's daring, courage, and the freshness of her approaches as well as the originality demonstrated in her superb analysis of the texts from Rushdie, Mukherjee and Naipaul is outstanding." - Prof. Dr. Odette Blumenfeld, Chair, Department of English, Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Romania

The Event of Postcolonial Shame

Crystal of Shame: The mimiC men Homi Bhabha has written that colonial discourse is defined by a “splitting” into two regimes, two “attitudes towards external reality”: one that “takes reality into consideration,” and another that ...

The Event of Postcolonial Shame

In a postcolonial world, where structures of power, hierarchy, and domination operate on a global scale, writers face an ethical and aesthetic dilemma: How to write without contributing to the inscription of inequality? How to process the colonial past without reverting to a pathology of self-disgust? Can literature ever be free of the shame of the postcolonial epoch--ever be truly postcolonial? As disparities of power seem only to be increasing, such questions are more urgent than ever. In this book, Timothy Bewes argues that shame is a dominant temperament in twentieth-century literature, and the key to understanding the ethics and aesthetics of the contemporary world. Drawing on thinkers such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Frantz Fanon, Theodor Adorno, and Gilles Deleuze, Bewes argues that in literature there is an "event" of shame that brings together these ethical and aesthetic tensions. Reading works by J. M. Coetzee, Joseph Conrad, Nadine Gordimer, V. S. Naipaul, Caryl Phillips, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, and Zoë Wicomb, Bewes presents a startling theory: the practices of postcolonial literature depend upon and repeat the same structures of thought and perception that made colonialism possible in the first place. As long as those structures remain in place, literature and critical thinking will remain steeped in shame. Offering a new mode of postcolonial reading, The Event of Postcolonial Shame demands a literature and a criticism that acknowledge their own ethical deficiency without seeking absolution from it.

The Spirit in the World

He listed the number of congregations of the South India Pentecostal Church of God that they brought to this alliance ... Frantz Fanon uses the phrase “black skin/white masks,” to describe them, and V. S. Naipaul calls them “mimic men ...

The Spirit in the World

Pentecostal scholars from four continents here offer constructive theological proposals focusing on the role of the Holy Spirit in diverse cultural and religious contexts. Typical Pentecostal topics Spirit-baptism, healing, and other charisms are interwoven with such themes as post-colonialism, religious plurality, racial diversity, and cultural heritage.

Historical Thought and Literary Representation in West Indian Literature

It operates at the level of legend, ritual, and revelation as other sources of historical knowledge that counteract what in The Mimic Men is the disorder of shipwreck. Within the novel's nationalistic framework and ideology, ...

Historical Thought and Literary Representation in West Indian Literature

This text is an exploration of how history has been perceived, constructed and used in the fiction, poetry and drama of the Caribbean. Nana Wilson-Tagoe analyzes the work of selected writers and seeks to reveal how the historical imagination has inspiredthe literature of the region and how it has in turn broadened the definitions of history to include deeper currents and hidden influences. The book raises questions about gender and history and the ways in which women's experiences have mediated their protrayal of the past. The author also explores the complex role of Africa in the imagination of West Indian writers.

Old Lines New Forces

10 Substance into Shadow : V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men ( 1967 ) ROBERT K. MORRIS The Mimic Men ( 1967 ) is one of the most arresting and original books to emerge from England's postwar literary renaissance , and the acme to date of a ...

Old Lines  New Forces

Draws together a dozen essays by the foremost contemporary critics of the British novel to examine its growth in the sixties. The collection of critical pieces is devoted to major, minor, and rising novelists who are cultivating the seedbed of contemporary fictional talent in England today.

The Empire Writes Back

COLONIALISM AND ' AUTHENTICITY ' : V.S. NAIPAUL'S THE MIMIC MEN One of the most persistent prejudices underlying the production of the texts of the metropolitan canon is that only certain categories of experience are capable of being ...

The Empire Writes Back

This was the first major theoretical account of a wide range of post-colonial texts and their relation to the larger issues of post-colonial culture, and remains one of the most significant works published in this field.The experience of colonization and the challenges of a post-colonial world have produced an explosion of new writing in English. This diverse and powerful body of literature has established a specific practice of post-colonial writing in cultures as various as India, Australia, the West Indies and Canada, and has challenged both the traditional canon and dominant ideas of literature and culture.The Empire Writes Back was the first major theoretical account of a wide range of post-colonial texts and their relation to the larger issues of post-colonial culture, and remains one of the most significant works published in this field. The authors, three leading figures in post-colonial studies, open up debates about the interrelationships of post-colonial literatures, investigate the powerful forces acting on language in the post-colonial text, and show how these texts constitute a radical critique of Eurocentric notions of literature and language.This book is brilliant not only for its incisive analysis, but for its accessibility for readers new to the field. Now with an additional chapter and an updated bibliography, The Empire Writes Back is essential for contemporary post-colonial studies.