The Mystic Masseur
4 journalers for this copy...
I have registered this book for Edwardstreet / Australasian Wishlist Tag Game.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
An affectionate laugh at the quirky beliefs and the rise of a pompous little man and his fellow villagers who aspire to be something else.
No one was particularly pleasant in the book.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
This book is heading off to Europe for the winner of the "authors from unusual countries" sweepstake.
If you aren't familiar with Bookcrossing, take a few minutes to check out this very cool site. Bookcrossers LOVE books, and more than anything, they love to read books and then set them free for other people to find and enjoy. I would love it if you would leave a journal entry -- you can say where you found the book or how you liked it when you read it.
From V.S.Naipaul I've just read A Bend in the River, many years ago. Just remember I loved it. But I didn't even know he was from Trinidad and that he had a series of books now called the Trinidad novels.
That's why I'm so very happy with this last piece of a sweepstake amazing good luck.
This book grabbed me immediately, in it's first page, with it's special kind of sardonic humour, much more subtle in most chapters but pretty obvious in this passage:
"'I know the sort of doctors it have in Trinidad,' my mother used to say. 'They think nothing of killing two three people before breakfast.'
This wasn't as bad as it sounds: in Trinidad the midday meal is called breakfast."
But the rest of it is an outspokenly good natured satire of the world of the Caribbean Hindu, and a damn well written one, as well, for instance with it's subtle changes in the speech of Ganesh, the main character, accompanying his rise from a failed primary school teacher to a successful politician.
Thanks again, kiwiinengland, for a wonderful book.