|Plot Summary of Half A Life|
|"HALF A LIFE by V S NAIPAUL. If you are like the multitudes who have never read a Nobel Laureate, here's the opportunity to change that. A beguiling simple book on the surface, with Naipaul's favorite theme of emigration to two different continents and societies. The book starts out in India, London and in an unnamed country in Portuguese East Africa. We follow the life of Willie Chandran from his infancy till he is forty-one (Half a Life) at which point the book simply ends. The reader goes along as Willie
encounters the world, and gets his sexual experiences.
This is Naipaul's first novel in six years, and is definitely a good way to get introduced to Naipaul's work, maybe before exploring his 'A House for Mr. Biswas' and other books."
R Prasad, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Half A Life|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
Kids growing up/acting up?
Inside culture (main char)
- Other Asian
- immigrant story
- family young v. old guard
- visiting a culture in other country
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Outside culture (society)
- Indian (Ghandi, not Sitting Bull)
If story of urban/rural...
- Big city life
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- rebelling against parent's expectations
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- Indian Indian
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
Kind of Africa:
- Black Africa
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of hetero sex
Amount of dialog
- little dialog
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