Fritz Creek, AK, USA
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  • A Bend in the River

  • By: V.S. Naipaul
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

In this incandescent novel, V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man, an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, insightful, troubling

  • By Lawrence on 01-15-05

A curious journey

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-17-05

The readers english accent was perfect and at times difficult. This book required concentration to discern the subleties of both language and culture that are so different from contemporary USA. While it hints of Out of Africa it tells the story of a sensible man in a complex world in a time when the rules of traditional culture no longer applied.

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