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Miguel Street


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Publisher:Vintage, 2002



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A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say Slum! because he could see no more. But to its residents this derelict corner of Trinidads capital is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. Theres Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build the thing without a name. Theres Man-man, who goes from running for public office to staging his own crucifixion, and the dreaded Big Foot, the bully with glass tear ducts. Theres the lovely Mrs. Hereira, in thrall to her monstrous husband. In this tender, funny early novel, V. S. Naipaul renders their lives (and the legends their neighbors construct around them) with Dickensian verve and Chekhovian compassion.
Set during World War II and narrated by an unnamedbut precociously observantneighborhood boy, Miguel Street is a work of mercurial mood shifts, by turns sweetly melancholy and anarchically funny. It overflows with life on every page.

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