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Book Title: The Suffrage of Elvira|
The author of the book: V.S. Naipaul
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 474 KB
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: August 26th 1976
ISBN 13: 9780140029383
Read full description of the books The Suffrage of Elvira:Politics is indeed a dirty game. But this book is to make you know that it can be funny too. Naipul's intensely readable book, full of drama and raw humor, is perhaps the only book of its length that I've read in a day. (kuddos to me – building my focus, deepening my concentration.)
The story centers on the events that lead up to the election of one Mr. Surujpat Harbans to the Legislative council in one of Trinidad's counties. The politics played here are plagued by inexperienced ambition (in the case of Foam as a campaign manager), superstition where a dog is believed to be an obeah or an evil spirit – the child who brings him is fumigated -and such other trivialities such as greed and personal gain.
The candidates believe that the voters have to be bribed, and go ahead to openly do it, as well as the collaboration with their teams to subbotage those in the race with them. In the end, like in all cases, there are winner and losers, but Harbans win and subsequent celebrations are particularly marred by the very same voters. The celebrations, where whiskey is brought only to the committee, is ruined because the voters feel as the people who have put Harbans to power, they deserve the whiskey more. But the elections are over, so is their value in the thinking of Harbans and his committee. Angered, the people torch Harban's jaguar, - but its easily replaced by the insurance company.
By all means this is a fine novel and it did make me think there is nothing so repelling about intensely political writing after all. Some can be really funny – and uplifting, like this one is.
Read information about the authorNaipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.
At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad. In the introduction to the 20th-anniversary edition of A House for Mr. Biswas, he reflected that the scholarship would have allowed him to study any subject at any institution of higher learning in the British Commonwealth, but that he chose to go to Oxford to do a simple degree in English. He went, he wrote, "in order at last to write...." In August 1950, Naipaul boarded a Pan Am flight to New York, continuing the next day by boat to London.
50 years later, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad "V. S." Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories."
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