In typical Naipaul fashion, the prose is lush a This is not Naipaul at his best. That said, he’s still head and shoulders above most of people writing.
When he returns to Britain where, thirty years before, his wanderings began, Willie encounters a country that has turned its back on its past and, like him, has become detached from its own history. He endures the indignities of a culture dissipated by reform and compromise until, in a moment of grotesque revelation – a tour de force of parodic savagery from our most visionary of writers – Willie comes to an understanding that might finally allow him to release his true self.
In typical Naipaul fashion, the prose is lush and gorgeous, with descriptive passages that captivate like no other can. Yet, the characters and situations are emotionally flat and lifeless, and retreads of themes he’s been working with for decades, often done better in past novels.
Half A Life (2001) might have been better been left without this sequel, which ruffles reviewers' feathers as only a grand old man of literature can. Though his trophy shelf holds a Nobel Prize, his past accomplishments buy him little sympathy. In fact, it's often difficult to tell if critics are more put off by Magic Seeds or their appraisal of Willie Chandran as a mouthpiece for Naipaul's politics. For an author whose greatest works have a heavy dose of autobiography, this reaction is not surp
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In brief, read this book, if you want to get dazzled by the author’s literary skills and to get a taste of what a true prose-writing actually consist of. But if one is looking for a light, engrossing and a firm-storyline kind of a read, this is not the book for you. . more
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