Book Review: Search for Place in “Mystic Masseur” written by V.S. Naipaul (1957) – By Dr Emanuel Finn

Book Review: Search for Place in Mystic Masseur – By Dr Emanuel Finn – Caribbean News Now

V.S.. Naipaul

Trinidadian born and London based Nobel laureate, Sir V.S. Naipaul wrote his first novel, the Mystic Masseur, in 1957. The central theme of the novel deals with the disenchantment, displacement, mental damaging effects and dynamics of the postcolonial Trinidad and the Caribbean half-made societies.

This masterpiece novel demonstrates how demoralizing the effects of slavery, indentured servitude, and colonial exploitation continue to have long lasting repercussions on generations of West Indians.

In the Mystic Masseur, Naipaul traces the unlikely successful career of a poor Trinidadian Hindu Indian, Ganesh Ramsumair, who was born and raised in a small backward village in the Trinidad hinterland.

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