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Old 20th Mar 2010, 21:28   #10
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Default Re: V.S. Naipaul: In a Free State

Originally Posted by SamG View Post
Hi saliotthomas - it's only in retrospect, having now read the biography, that I see how closely parts of A Bend in the River are modelled on Naipaul's life. The biography's probably filled for me some gaps in that novel. For example, I'd always thought that the violence Salim administers to his mistress, Yvette, wasn't really earned, novelistically: it seemed a bit random, not following on logically from anything that we'd read up to that point. But now I know more about Naipaul's relationship with his own mistress, Margaret, I can give the passages some provenance, and the whole thing's less of a question mark.

I think maybe the book your father was referring to is Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples.
Very good , i see what you mean now. It's more ore on the personal level.
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