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The Mystic Masseur
by V.S. Naipaul | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 2/28/2014
Average 5 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by eponine38): to be read


6 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, February 28, 2014

This book has not been rated.

Different cover.

Amazon:
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. As one character observes, “I know the sort of doctors they have in Trinidad. They think nothing of killing two, three people before breakfast.”

Ganesh’s ascent is variously aided and impeded by a Dickensian cast of rogues and eccentrics. There’s his skeptical wife, Leela, whose schooling has made her excessively, fond. of; punctuation: marks!; and Leela’s father, Ramlogan, a man of startling mood changes and an ever-ready cutlass. There’s the aunt known as The Great Belcher. There are patients pursued by malign clouds or afflicted with an amorous fascination with bicycles. 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. 


Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, April 18, 2014

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This will travel as a ring.

Please observe the following rules :-) :
1. When you receive the book please journal it.
2. PM the next person in line for their address, so there'll be no delay when you're ready to ship.
3. Please note your thoughts about the book in a journal entry.
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6. Enjoy! :-)

Edwardstreet (NZ)
book-a-neer (Australia)
Billbooks (Australia) <---book is here 4 July 2014
Blue_berry (UK)
GronnLivsstil (Norway)
back to eponine38 (USA) 


Journal Entry 3 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Friday, April 18, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (4/17/2014 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA

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On its way to Edwardstreet to kick off the ring. Hope you enjoy it!  


Journal Entry 4 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Friday, May 02, 2014

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A letter box surprise and just what I need for the 666 challenge. Will read and move on asap. Thanks. 


Journal Entry 5 by wingEdwardstreetwing at -- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, May 05, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (5/6/2014 UTC) at -- By post or by hand/ in person, RABCK , bookring/ray in Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand

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Light read , do not understand how it won the Nobel Prize. Read for the 666 challenge as set in Trinidad in the Indian community. Gave no sense of Trinidad at all and what seems to me to be a patronising view of the Indian community. 


Journal Entry 6 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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This book arrived last Friday. I have already started reading it and should hopefully be finished soon.

Edit 23 June: Finished reading the book and will be passing it on to Billbooks by next week.  


Journal Entry 7 by book-a-neer at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Friday, July 04, 2014

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Released 3 yrs ago (7/4/2014 UTC) at Melbourne, Victoria Australia

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Handed over to Billbooks who's next in line.  


Journal Entry 8 by Billbooks at Malvern East, Victoria Australia on Friday, July 04, 2014

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Another book for my 666 challenge 


Journal Entry 9 by Billbooks at Malvern East, Victoria Australia on Thursday, January 29, 2015

2 out of 10

The best thing I can say for this book was that it helped with my 666 challenge. I think Edwardstreet summed it up perfectly. Will now pass onto Blue_Berry. 


Journal Entry 10 by wingBlue_berrywing at Croydon, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 07, 2015

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Received with thanks! I have a few BR reads before this one, so I will have to hold this up a little, I hope this is not a problem. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingBlue_berrywing at Croydon, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

9 out of 10

I found this really good and entertaining read! The time and place came alive and the characters were really funny and of course they were caricatures.
I love the way Naipaul uses the language, it's near perfect, even when he is writing in the spoken dialect. Thank you for sharing this gem! 


Journal Entry 12 by wingBlue_berrywing at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (3/17/2015 UTC) at London, Greater London United Kingdom

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Sending to the next reader in the BR. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 13 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Tuesday, April 07, 2015

This book has not been rated.

I recieved it in the mail today. I will read it as soon as I finish another book. 


Journal Entry 14 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Sunday, April 12, 2015

This book has not been rated.

I read it mostly because I've got a "World Literature" project going on, but I think that I've read better books than this.

Will be returned to eponine38 as soon as I've got the address. 


Journal Entry 15 by GronnLivsstil at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway on Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Released 2 yrs ago (4/27/2015 UTC) at Bryne, Rogaland fylke Norway

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Sent in the mail today. 


Journal Entry 16 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, May 07, 2015

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Thank you for sending this back across the ocean, Gronnlivssil! Now I'm very curious to read this, because of the mixed (mostly negative) reviews. :-)

Thanks, everyone, for participating in my first bookring! 


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