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The Mystic Masseur

 
 
Author
V.S. Naipaul.
Publisher Picador  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9780330522939
Pages/Publication Date 208/2011
Daedalus Item Code 42717
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The first published novel from Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul, from 1957, this is the story of Ganesh, who at the beginning of the novel is a struggling masseur in a time when, as the narrator puts it, "masseurs were ten a penny in Trinidad." From failed primary school teacher and masseur to author, revered mystic, and Member of the British Empire, his is a journey memorable for its hilarious and bewildering success. Among the unforgettable cast of characters are Ganesh's father-in-law Ramlogan, whose shop gave the impression that "every morning someone went over everything in it—scales, Ramlogan, and all—with a greased rag"; his aunt, the Great Belcher, with her troubling wind; and his wife Leela, with her fondness for putting a punctuation mark after every word. Soon, Ganesh's small hut is filled with books (1500, as his wife will attest), and his trousers and shirt disappear to be replaced by more suitable attire for a proper mystic. As "The Woman Who Couldn't Eat" and "Lover Boy," the man who fell in love with his bicycle, line up to be cured, it looks like the mystic masseur is surely destined for greatness.
 
 
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