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Miguel Street [Paperback]

V. S. Naipaul
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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29 July 1971
A magnet to the poets, philosophers, teachers, troubadours and misfits who people the town of Port of Spain, Miguel Street is a place where tales of glory and debauchery vie with declarations of love and anger, where neighbourhood dramas are scrutinized and wisdom doled out to one and all.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 July 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140033025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140033021
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Life in Trinidad as described by Mr. Naipaul through the eyes of a "street arab" in Miguel Street is enchanting, mysterious, varied and richly comic. His happy-go lucky community, in what to the stranger's eye would be a slum, abounds in eccentric characters: indeed everyone is eccentric, and tolerant of other eccentrics.?-The Scotsman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is my favourite book of all time! It gives a wonderful insight into life in a typical caribbean suburb. The characters are so rich they come to life and you can compare them to persons living on your street, in your neighbourhood. The book has a timeless quality which appeals to both adults and children. Although Miguel Street can be described as a collection of short stories, they all come together to give a glimpse of life in Miguel Street. Man-Man, Laura and all the other characters made me cry, laugh and empathsise with their situations. It is my favourite book by Mr.Naipaul, and I have never been able to keep a copy. I've bought the book at least five times, and I always end up loaning it to someone who enjoys it so much they don't give it back! I recommend it for anyone who wants a Caribbean experience without having to move there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utter brilliance 21 Aug 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I first read this book ten years ago, and return to it frequently for the sheer pleasure of reading it again. It is delightful in it's simplicity, small dramas writ large against a colourful island landscape. It is an engaging masterpiece, full of rich and diverse characters and brilliantly funny, by far my favourite Naipaul and one of the best novels I have ever read. Someone somewhere must be working on the film script of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and poingnant 24 Nov 2003
By HORAK
Format:Paperback
A beautiful portrait of the inhabitants of Miguel Street located in a derelict corner of Trinidad's Capital Port of Spain. Set during World War II, the story is narrated by a precociously observant neighbourhood boy. The mood shifts from sweet melancholy to anarchical fun as we discover the lives of Popo the carpenter, Man-man staging his own crucifixion, Big Foot the bully or the lovely Mrs Hereira in thrall to her monstrous husband. An amusing and poignant book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lost men of Trinidad 24 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
Miguel st is an interesting and funny novel about a small community of black/asian people living in a small town in Trinidad. The novel consists of 9 or 10 stories focusing on the lives on the 5 or 6 men. the stories are funny because they focus on the all the men desperately struggling to escape Trinidad. their lives are hopeless and they try every tactic to leave or some how be repected in the community. Its all about belonging, struggling and escapism.
Women play a small or invisable part in this novel.
All the stories are seen through the eyes of a young narrator, who observes what it is like to be a man in Trinidad.
A light-hearted read, not hard work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trinidadians aren't all that illiterate 2 Sep 2004
Format:Paperback
This was an excellent book! It expreesed the lives of the men of northern Trinidad. It was hilarious yet there was a deeper meaning that most people didn't get after reading the book. My favourite character was Hat, simply because he was greatly liked by everyone on Migel Street and he gave the best advice. What i didn't lie though is that the author made Trinidadians out to be carefree people who always 'limed' and never had education in mind. This was a great literature book, though, and deserved the Nobel Prize it got. Way to go Sir Naipaul! you've done us Trinidadians proud!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best read in the Caribbean! 3 Dec 2013
By RJB
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Beautifully written. Sometimes so sad and sometimes hilarious. A gorgeous little book, so good I'm sure I'll read it again.
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