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اثر وی. اس. نیپال از انتشارات ققنوس - مترجم: مهدی غبرایی-دهه 1950 میلادی

In this slyly funny and lavishly inventive novel–his first–V. S. Naipaul traces the unlikely career of Ganesh Ramsumair, a failed schoolteacher and impecunious village masseur who in time becomes a revered mystic, a thriving entrepreneur, and the most beloved politician in Trinidad. To understand a little better, one has to realize that in the 1940s masseurs were the island’s medical practitioners of choice. Witty, tender, filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of Trinidad’s dusty Indian villages, The Mystic Masseur is Naipaul at his most expansive and evocative.


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This book got to me for a number of reasons, got to me for mainly good reasons. Firstly though, it is described, on the rear cover, as @...one of the authors finest comic [email protected] I find the book humorous on times but this is not a belly laughter book - and presumably not meant to be either - but the characters certainly do have a comic nature. In this way it reminded me of Stella Gibbons novel, @Cold Comfort [email protected] which was written in 1932 and I described as @Slowing you down to the speed of the [email protected] Something that @The Mystic [email protected] also does.

I had a feeling of uneasiness at the beginning of the book as it seemed to be disparaging toward the people of Trinidad and the way they spoke. Seeing that the author was born in Trinidad, of Indian extraction, seemed to justify the books actions. Then the feeling progressed into slight confusion. Firstly, showing my own ignorance, I had no idea that there were Indians and people of Indian extraction, in Trinidad. This led, for me, to a confused reading of the dialect. It started to come off the page and into my head as an Afro Caribbean / West Indian dialect, as that seems to be the way in which it is written. Later, I was reading the dialect as Caribbean with a slight Indian inflection to some of the words. Whether right or wrong, it added to, rather than diminished my enjoyment.

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@Know she! Is I who take up King George. Mark you, I think I was very lucky coming across she. Now I take she everywhere with [email protected]

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@You could say so. Phulbassia is a sort of cousin to King George and you is a sort of cousin to [email protected]

The aunt belched, not the polite after-dinner belch, but a long, stuttering thing. @Is the [email protected] she explained without apology. @It have a long time now - since your father dead, come to think of it - I suffering from this [email protected]

The above, read on its own, might seem a bit of a chore but, on the contrary, this is a book that meanders at a slow pace, even though it depicts the rapid rise of Ganesh. I am only sorry that I bought and read it in November as it would be a nice holiday book, or at the very least a book to read on a hot sunmmers day.

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Wow wow wow! What a brilliant triumph of a writer to get into nerves ... I was just embroiled into the sphere wafted by Sir Naipaul.

A very simple story, told very simply, where how interest in reading elevated Ganesh and his journey from being masseur to M.B.E.

Thanks PetarX for giving me the suggestion for this book. Now my next set of books (Though I have all books written by him) from Sir Naipul that will be definitely calling me lovingly : A bend in the river, Writers people and The Miguel street.




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The dialogue is so hilarious and the language so endearing that I kept finding myself reading it outloud or wishing someone was reading it to me. I wanted to know more about every character, couldnt wait to spy on them again and find out what they would say or do next. Did I mention I LOVED the characters? I would give ths 5 stars but for the lackluster ending.

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In this book you can sense a great writer discovering his craft. About half of the book is as good as anything else he has ever written, which is pretty good and regularly funny. The other half is a fascinating set of false starts and slight misses, with an unnecessary profusion of characters. Thoroughly recommended.

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(Relectura. CARBONE TE ODIO. Bueh mentira pero odio este libro.)

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