In A Free State by V. S. Naipaul

By V. S. Naipaul

No author has rendered our boundariless, post-colonial global extra acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals this sort of hauntingly human face. an ideal working example is that this riveting novel, a masterful and stylishly rendered narrative of emigration, dislocation, and dread, followed through 4 helping narratives.

In the start it's only a vehicle journey via Africa. English people--Bobby, a civil servant with a accountable urge for food for African boys, and Linda, a supercilious “compound wife” [117]-- are riding again to their enclave after a remain within the capital [111]. yet in among lies the panorama of an unnamed nation whose squalor and ethnic bloodletting recommend Idi Amin’s Uganda. [111-12, one hundred twenty, 130-1, a hundred and fifty, 178, 220-40] And the farther Naipaul’s protagonists shuttle into it, the extra they locate themselves crossing the road that separates privileged outsiders from horrified sufferers. along this Conradian travel de strength are 4 incisive pics of guys looking liberation faraway from domestic. via turns humorous and terrifying, sorrowful and unsparing, In A loose nation is Naipaul at his top.

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La única Marilyn que vi en el cine es Marilyn Brando. Gran actriz. Me mató con su actuación en La Madrina, que para mí es la mejor película de Francesca Ford Coppola. La situación comenzaba a inquietarme. El hasta ese momento insospechado (para mí) delirio de Diana había construido una cinematografía con los sexos invertidos. Aunque no del todo coherente, ya que a Gregory Peck y Jerry Lewis los había dejado intactos. –¿La... Madrina? –Sí. Basada en la novela de María Puzo. –Sí. Ya veo –dije, y luego de mirarla fijamente a los ojos esperando alguna clase de desmentido (una palabra, una sonrisa, o lo que fuese), añadí: –lo que no sé es si me estás tomando el pelo o si estás más loca que mi hermana.

Alfombra. Whisky con hielo. O yogur. Así empecé a desvariar, y a hacerme algunos ligeros toques masturbatorios con la mano desde el bolsillo. Nada serio, nada que hiciera trabajar mucho la próstata. Apenas un aviso, para que ésta supiera lo que le esperaba más tarde y se pusiera en guardia, preparándose para luego estar a la altura de los acontecimientos. Es bueno aclarar que la mano con que realicé estas maniobras secretas, amparado en la opacidad de mi escritorio, fue la izquierda. Para una masturbación plena y completa yo siempre había utilizado la derecha, pero con el pantalón puesto el bolsillo izquierdo estaba mucho más cerca de mi miembro y allí tuve que fijar obligadamente mi base 62 | Leo Maslíah de operaciones.

Qué pasa? –pregunté a Diana–. ¿Siempre atienden en casal, acá? –Parece que sí –dijo ella–. Yo nunca había venido acá, pero sé de varios bares donde es así. –Nunca vi. Pero por lo menos podía haberte atendido el mozo a vos y la moza a mí –dije, bromeando. –Así es en los bares porno –contestó Diana. La mujer loba ataca de nuevo | 33 –¿Bares porno? ¿Y vos qué sabés de eso? –Sólo de oídas –se apresuró a decir ella–. No te sulfures. –¿Se puede saber qué te dio por andar ventilando nuestras intimidades con mi hermana?

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