The Mystic Masseur

Category: Book
By (author): Naipaul, V.S.
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: Knopf Random Vintage Canada
Published: January 2002
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.99in x 5.19in x 0.49in
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From The Publisher*The first of Naipaul's twelve novels tells of the meteoric rise and hilarious metamorphosis of Ganesh Ramsumair from failed primary schoolteacher and struggling masseur to author, revered mystic, peerless politician and the most popular man in Trinidad.
Review Quote*"This is India. I don't know any other book that comes so near to capturing the whole crazy spectrum.... Brilliant." - The Observer

"A Tolstoyan spirit.... The so-called Third World has produced no more brilliant literary artist." - John Updike

"Naipaul is a master of English prose." - J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books

"V. S. Naipaul has a substantial claim as a comic writer.... This humor, conducted throughout with the utmost stylistic quietude, is completely original." - Kingsley Amis, The Spectator

"Mr. Naipaul travels with the artist's eye and ear and his observations are sharply discerning." - Evelyn Waugh

"For sheer abundance of talent there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul. [He is] the world's writer, a master of language and perception." - The New York Times Book Review
Biographical NoteV. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He has published more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, The Enigma of Arrival and An Area of Darkness. He lives in Wiltshire, England. He was knighted in 1990 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.