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The Mystic Masseur

by V. S. Naipaul

The Mystic Masseur Synopsis

The Mystic Masseur, V. S. Naipaul's first published novel, is the story of the rise and rise of Ganesh, from failed primary school teacher and struggling masseur to author, revered mystic and MBE - a journey equally memorable for its hilarity as its bewildering success. An unforgettable cast of characters witness this meteoric ascent: Ganesh's father-in-law, Ramlogan, whose shop gave the impression that `every morning someone went over everything in it - scales, Ramlogan, and all - with a greased rag'; his aunt, the Great Belcher, with her troubling wind; his wife Leela, and her fondness for putting a punctuation mark after every word. Soon, Ganesh's small hut is filled with books (1,500, as his wife will attest), and his trousers and shirt disappear to be replaced by more suitable attire for a proper mystic. As `The Woman Who Couldn't Eat' and `Lover Boy', the man who fell in love with his bicycle, line up to be cured, it looks like the mystic masseur is surely destined for greatness. In one of the author's finest comic creations we see the immense sensitivity, humour and endlessly inventive imagination that have become the hallmarks of V. S. Naipaul's genius.

The Mystic Masseur Press Reviews

One of the few contemporary writers of whom we can speak in terms of greatness. -Mel Gussow, Newsday For sheer abundance of talent, there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul. - The New York Times Book Review Naipaul's writing is clean and beautiful, and he has a great eye for nuance. - The Atlantic Monthly No one else around today...seems able to employ prose fiction so deeply as the very voice of exile. - The New York Review of Books

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330522939
Publication date: 5th August 2011
Author: V. S. Naipaul
Publisher: Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He came to England on a scholarship in 1950. He spent four years at University College, Oxford, and began to write, in London, in 1954. He pursued no other profession. His novels include A House for Mr Biswas, The Mimic Men, Guerrillas, A Bend in the River, and The Enigma of Arrival. In 1971 he was awarded the Booker Prize for In a Free State. His works of nonfiction, equally acclaimed, include Among the Believers, Beyond Belief, The Masque of Africa, and a trio of books about India: An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded ...

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