No writer has rendered our boundaryless, postcolonial world more acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals such a hauntingly human face. A perfect case in point is this riveting novel, a masterful and stylishly rendered narrative of emigration, dislocation, and dread, accompanied by four supporting narratives. On a road trip through Africa, two English people-Bobby, a civil servant with a guilty appetite for African boys; and Linda, a supercilious "compound wife"-are driving back to their enclave after a stay in the capital. But in between lies the landscape of an unnamed country whose squalor and ethnic bloodletting suggest Idi Amin's Uganda. And the farther Naipaul's protagonists travel into it, the more they find themselves crossing the line that separates privileged outsiders from horrified victims. Alongside this Conradian tour de force are four incisive portraits of men seeking liberation far from home. By turns funny and terrifying, sorrowful and unsparing, In a Free State is Naipaul at his best.
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by V.S. Naipaul
by Scott Cheshire
by Reif Larsen
by David Downing
by Jeffrey Archer
by Preston L. Allen
by Arthur Phillips
"Listeners will be spellbound as three narrators draw them into a journey of anarchy. Narrators Vikas Adam, Neil Shah, and Simon Vance embody a wide range of characters who are living in or visiting a fictional African country as it disintegrates into violence. The sum of their contributions is to give listeners a growing sense of doom as a tourist couple, played in arch British tones by Simon Vance, drives deeper into a country that is coming apart. Adam's and Shah's performances serve as a kind of Greek chorus, representing people of multiple ethnicities, including Africans and Indians. This is a rich listening experience that fans of world literature will enjoy. The cast works together to create a sense of foreboding reminiscent of Joseph Conrad's work. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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