The Mystic Masseur Paperback – 5 Aug 2011
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"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 "
V.S. Naipaul’s first novel – humorous, endlessly inventive and brilliantly imagined.See all Product Description
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The story focuses on a character called Ganesh - the eponymous "mystic masseur" . In the first chapter we learn that Ganesh is famous and successful. The writer then proceeds to recount
Ganesh's life to us from boyhood to manhood. There is little that is remarkable about the hero's life, except that he has a strong disinclination to work. The impetus to read on, lies in wanting to know how this somewhat lazy but likeable character achieves his success.
The writer tells the story of Ganesh in a very tongue in cheek manner. The characters are constantly seen to be hypocritical and self-contradictory - their egos frequently cloud their logic but they are no less likeable for this all too human foible.
This is a good book. It reminds us of something that we already know, but sometimes forget: regardless of race, creed, colour, etc., men are essentially all alike in their tendency to be ridiculous.
The character Ramlogan, is portrayed with great insight and humour. His personality so typical of many Indians is a sublime comic creation that had me laughing out loud.
The power of Naipaul's writing lies in his simplicity and ultra-objectivism. It's the first novel I have read of his and it has given me a desire to read more (his travel writing, particularly his trilogy on India, is indispensible for any one interested in India).
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the story of ganesh rise from unfocused student to a masseur come holy man ultimately a high powered politician wonderfully written great observations the feuding and business... Read morePublished 18 months ago by m. dosa
Didn't enjoy this as much as Naipaul's superb 'A House for Mr Biswas' but it's an entertaining read, following the rise of Ganesh Ramsumair. Read morePublished 19 months ago by sally tarbox