Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul's magnificent Magic Seeds continues the story of Willie Chandran, the perennially dissatisfied and self-destructively naive protagonist of his bestselling Half a Life. Having left a wife and a livelihood in Africa, Willie is persuaded to return to his native India to join an underground movement on behalf of its oppressed lower castes. Instead he finds himself in the company of dilettantes and psychopaths, relentlessly hunted by police and spurned by the people he means to liberate. But this is only one stop in a quest for authenticity that takes in all the fanaticism and folly of the postmodern era. Moving with dreamlike swiftness from guerrilla encampment to prison cell, from the squalor of rural India to the glut and moral desolation of 1980s London, Magic Seeds is a novel of oracular power, dazzling in its economy and unblinking in its observations.
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by Salman Rushdie
by V.S. Naipaul
"A rich and complex novel of India and of modern man's search for identity thrusts the listener into the myriad experiences of Willie Chandran, the everyman of this expansive journey. The changes in his life, which lead him from parental ashram to gated community in Africa to his sister's political world in Berlin, ultimately result in his inspired decision to join the underground liberation movement in the jungles of India. There, surrounded by all classes of men, Willie discovers that not even this monumental sacrifice can create a meaningful life for him. An exceedingly lush reading by Aasif Mandvi only makes the listener more intrigued and involved. His impressive vocabulary of accents and his delicate renderings of characters imbue the novel with vibrant life and intelligence. B.H.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"
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