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In A Free State: The Novel

Author: VS Naipaul
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Language: English
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: PAN MACMILLAN INDIA
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In A Free State: The Novel, an award-winning novel by V.S. Naipaul, tells the story of expatriates from Britain who find that the land that once set them free has now turned hostile.


Summary Of The Book

In A Free State: The Novel is a novel within a novel, i.e., it is one of the five works that make up In A Free State, an award-winning novel by V. S. Naipaul.

The story is set in an East African state that has recently achieved independence. The dethroned monarch has fled, and the President is all set to take over the reins of the state. Amidst these developments, the country is witnessing endless violence in urban as well as rural areas, all in the name of the Civil war.

When the crisis is at its peak, two English civilians, Bobby and Linda are returning to the safety of their government’s colony. Their road trip is fraught with danger as they discover shocking things about themselves, about each other, and about the newly-formed state.

The two of them stop at a hotel for dinner where they witness a heated altercation between an old Colonel and his servant. Moreover, the young driver turns abusive when he finds some minor damage in his car.

Both these events that exhibit the arrogance of the white men incur the wrath of the servants. Given their newly found freedom, the long-suppressed anger of the servants rises to the fore. Responding to atrocities and humiliations heaped upon them in the past, they mete out the same abusive treatment to the white travelers.

Through Bobby and Linda’s road trip, the book reveals how the tables have turned. It shows the transition of a haven into something dangerous and hostile. Through the display of man’s greed, his cruelty against one of his own, and his cold, calculating behavior, the book makes the readers question the very existence of freedom.

In A Free State was published in its entirety in 1971, and it won the Booker Prize that year. This particular edition is a 2008 reprint and contains only one of the five works from the original novel.


About V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul is an acclaimed author with his roots in Trinidad, India, and Britain.

Naipaul writes fiction as well non-fiction. He has written several novels, essays, and travelogues. Some of his works include In A Free State, The Mystic Masseur, The Enigma Of Arrival, A Turn In The South, India: A Wounded Civilization, Half A Life, A Bend In The River, Guerrillas, A House For Mr. Biswas, and Miguel Street.

His writing is distinctly marked by a powerful narrative and has a deeply perceptive feel to it. It has a special focus on the legacy left behind by the colonial rule of the British. It often portrays the Third World in a highly negative light. His work has drawn extremes of response from all over the world. It has won him numerous literary awards including the Booker Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Jerusalem Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the Hawthornden Prize. It has also courted controversy on several occasions.

V.S. Naipaul was born Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul on August 17, 1932, in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago. He attended the Queen’s Royal College in Trinidad. The author later studied at the University College, Oxford, England. He had a short stint as a writer and editor for BBC’s ‘Caribbean Voices’ program. Naipaul was knighted in the year 1989. He has honorary degrees from various universities. In 2008, he appeared at the seventh spot on The Times list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Naipaul has been married twice. He currently lives in Wiltshire, England.

Specifications of In A Free State: The Novel (Paperback)

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Author VS Naipaul
Book Details
Publisher PAN MACMILLAN INDIA
Publication Year 2008
ISBN-13 9780330462686
ISBN-10 0330462687
Language English
Edition Revised edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 320 Pages
Awards The Man Booker Prize Winner
Award Year 1971
Dimensions
Weight 132 g
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It is no doubt one of the best masterpiece from the pens of V.S. Naipaul. Very oppulent & sombre. Carefull in choice of words. The English I will prefer to call the "Language of a Emancipated Mind".
When I read the book for the first time I contemplated to be very grandiloquent in the vocabs but rather the use of rusty words and day today life make me very easy to understand it.
No doubt, the description of the nature was really splendid & during the reading course I found my self in the middle of the Africa.
I really loved the novel at the first go.

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