The Mystic Masseur (Paperback)
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The Mystic Masseur (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 05/08/2011
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The Mystic Masseur, V. S. Naipaul's first published novel, is the story of the rise and rise of Ganesh, from failed primary school teacher and struggling masseur to author, revered mystic and MBE - a journey equally memorable for its hilarity as its bewildering success.

An unforgettable cast of characters witness this meteoric ascent: Ganesh's father-in-law, Ramlogan, whose shop gave the impression that `every morning someone went over everything in it - scales, Ramlogan, and all - with a greased rag'; his aunt, the Great Belcher, with her troubling wind; his wife Leela, and her fondness for putting a punctuation mark after every word. Soon, Ganesh's small hut is filled with books (1,500, as his wife will attest), and his trousers and shirt disappear to be replaced by more suitable attire for a proper mystic. As `The Woman Who Couldn't Eat' and `Lover Boy', the man who fell in love with his bicycle, line up to be cured, it looks like the mystic masseur is surely destined for greatness.

In one of the author's finest comic creations we see the immense sensitivity, humour and endlessly inventive imagination that have become the hallmarks of V. S. Naipaul's genius.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330522939
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 165 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"One of the few contemporary writers of whom we can speak in terms of greatness."-Mel Gussow, "Newsday"
"For sheer abundance of talent, there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul."-"The New York Times Book Review
""Naipaul's writing is clean and beautiful, and he has a great eye for nuance."-"The Atlantic Monthly
""No one else around today...seems able to employ prose fiction so deeply as the very voice of exile."-"The New York Review of Books
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