Contents
  1. Whose Mystic Masseur?
  2. In 'Mystic Masseur,' Love of Books Is the Root of All Achievement
  3. The Mystic Masseur Background
  4. How the Ball Bounces Down Trinidad Way

The Mystic Masseur is a comic novel by V. S. Naipaul. It is set in colonial Trinidad and was published in London in The novel is about a frustrated writer of. In this slyly funny and lavishly inventive novel–his first–V. S. Naipaul traces the unlikely career of Ganesh Ramsumair, a failed schoolteacher. The Mystic Masseur [V. S. Naipaul] on soundbefabnavi.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this slyly funny and lavishly inventive novel–his first–V. S. Naipaul.

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The Mystic Masseur book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Mystic Masseur, V S Naipaul's first novel, is the story of. The Mystic Masseur () by Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad “Vidia” Naipaul The comic novel was the first from the well regarded Indian-Trinidadian novelist. The Mystic Masseur is a contemporary fiction novel by V.S. Naipaul published in in England. It won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in , and was also.

Posted by: April 23, This first work of fiction by V S Naipaul was published in wherein he introduced the readers to the world of Trinidad in West Indies featuring the character of a young man called Ganesh Ramsumair, who by combination of luck and some cunning achieved wealth, success and political power to become one of the most popular men in Trinidad. The story is simple. Young Ganesh is one of the lucky boys whose fathers could afford college education for him. After finishing college, he takes up job as a teacher but is unhappy with it. He comes back to his hometown on death of his father and eventually gets married to Lila, daughter of a shopkeeper called Ramlogan.

Ganesh choose to live as an orphan because he want to go to school.

Whose Mystic Masseur?

He wanted to teach. But he was unappreciated as a teacher and left school for good. One day he get a telegram, itsays that there is a bad news for him and he must come home now, it was singned by Ramlogan. He went to the village and his father died. He was glad to be back in his village, the people there repected him.

Ramlogan had a shop and he always called Ganesh there and they had many conversations.

Ganesh told him that he want to write a book. He had a daughter Leela, and asked Ganesh to marry her and Ganesh agreed. He took cash and a house in Fuente Grove from Ramlogan. He went to live in the house that Ramlogan had give them in Fuente grove and decides to become a masseur. But no one visited him. He also wanted to write a book. He bought a mount of books and read them. One day Leela left a note for him that she can not live with him, with the insult of her family.

Ganesh lost hope to write the book. But beharry, who was a good friend of him and Beharry wife encoured him to write the book. Aug 15, Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it. With only few brushstrokes Naipaul is able to get a character on his or her feet. Amused, I had to read some passages again to see how that works. A lot of it depends on the dialogue and how a character speaks, and the writer has a very good ear for it.

The advantage is that he has to throw only scanty details here and there to make the whole thing work and not go into longish essays about what's going on. The use of dialect at hand is the key and it is gorgeously handled. There is a remarkable With only few brushstrokes Naipaul is able to get a character on his or her feet. There is a remarkable control over the narrative, the kind very few writers show, but that's what we have come to learn about Naipaul already.

It is a funny book and the restraint makes the joke work. Too much explanation, a word too may, and you won't laugh. In a way, The Mystic Masseur prepares you to meet Mr. Mohun Biswas. Nov 09, Ero rated it liked it Shelves: Wonderfully written, with a dickensian flair for satire. At the end however I was left with a bitter taste in my mouth-- it's clear that the author didn't really like any of his characters very much.

No hope for redemption. Understanding without empathy-- just exceedingly skilled mockery. Sort of a disappointment. But as the craft of writing goes this is pretty exemplary. Mar 04, J. I don't really know anything much about Trinidad, but I did enjoy this book and found it interesting in terms of insight into that society or at least the book's interpretation of that society during the 30's and 40's.

The book is of course funny, as it is an effective satire of a society caught between oral and written culture, western civilization just cutting through. The protagonist rides this wave almost by force, taking the opportunity and rides it to the end. There can be an argument ma I don't really know anything much about Trinidad, but I did enjoy this book and found it interesting in terms of insight into that society or at least the book's interpretation of that society during the 30's and 40's.

There can be an argument made that he exploits the people who seek him, as the mystic masseur, but i've written my thoughts on in this in my copy of the book, and would rather you read it and figure that out for yourself.

In 'Mystic Masseur,' Love of Books Is the Root of All Achievement

Needless to say, it's as much to say about western capitalism as it does about human nature. One word of warning: I know you just come to comfort a old man left to live by hisself. Soomintra say I too old-fashion. And Leela, she always by you. Is just how it does look.

The ending falls flat a little, but i think that's the point and i didn't feel like it ruined the experience for me too much. The pace completely changes, but with where the protagonist, Ganesh, is towards the end of the book, its as if the narrator is doing the reader a favor. I won't throw out any spoilers in that regard, so you'll just have to read it and see for yourself what i'm talking about.

I read this book for a world literature class, and even though I had to read it within a week and a half among four other classes, I feel like someday there might come a time when i don't mind picking it up again. Dec 29, Judy rated it liked it Recommends it for: Fans of Naipaul. This is Naipaul's first novel, which I found at my local library in a volume of his first three novels. Apparently Naipaul has had two phases in his writing: V S Naipaul was born in Trinidad, an island in the Caribbean, to which his grandfather had come from India.

The island is a polyglot of races, nationalities and languages and has been ruled by various European nations since the 15th centu This is Naipaul's first novel, which I found at my local library in a volume of his first three novels.

The island is a polyglot of races, nationalities and languages and has been ruled by various European nations since the 15th century. After slavery was abolished, the plantation owners brought in indentured labor from India. In an effort to support his wife, he takes up healing as a masseur, though he is a complete quack.

Mostly he studies the books he acquires, lining his walls and gaining knowledge until he gains fame as the "pundit. Ganesh finally rises in the world and enters politics only to find disillusionment in the end.

Naipaul's writing is lively and robust but I can't fully agree that his vision is comic. He makes some fun of his own people but what comes through is a rueful account of life as second class citizens in a post colonial world. I enjoyed this hilarious satirical story about hapless Ganesh rise from failed school teacher and mystic masseur to pundit.

He becomes the most popular person in Trinidad amongst the Indian population. Moving to an isolated village Ganesh after a long time finally finishes his book or pamphlet. From this and the printer episode he evolves into a pundit and from then on everything he does is golden. It shows how an idiot can be successful if you try and with the advice of the Great Belcher!

Some g I enjoyed this hilarious satirical story about hapless Ganesh rise from failed school teacher and mystic masseur to pundit. I loved the Great Belcher she was hilarious.

I previously read The House of Mr Biswas which was a bit of a slog. The Mystic Masseur has you chuckling throughout.

The Mystic Masseur Background

View 2 comments. Seperti banyak orang Indonesia di Suriname, di Trinidad juga banyak orang India. Dan mereka masih ketat menjaga tradisi. Mulai dari ratapan saat ada yang meninggal, mahar dari pihak perempuan saat pernikahan, juga perlakuan suami terhadap istri. Mereka juga menjaga kepercayaan terhadap hal-hal mistis. Melalui Ganesh, penulis menunjukkan semua itu. Sindirannya pasti mengena telak. Naipaul memang berniat menunjukkan kepada para pembaca mengenai diri mereka sendiri.

Soalnya, biasanya memang sulit meny Seperti banyak orang Indonesia di Suriname, di Trinidad juga banyak orang India. Soalnya, biasanya memang sulit menyadari kelemahan dan kekuatan diri sendiri. Seperti si Ganesh ini.

Jun 05, Mala rated it liked it Shelves: This work forms part of Naipaul's early Carribean novels yet it's about the Indian community in Trinidad as most of his fiction is. The dialogues among these people sometimes read like literal translation from Hindi! It adds to the realism but gets discomfiting at times.

I don't know how a native speaker will handle it.

But success eludes him: Everybody who want to write have to face. Of Course he becomes a Carribean sensation.

To be fair to him, he is not a fake like the others: Ganesh elevated the profession by putting the charlatans out of business With such popularity, entering politics is only the next logical step, only there's a pesky nemesis called Narayan in the vein of The Fountainhead's Ellsworth Toohey, albeit on a lower narrative scale.

The novel ends on a brilliant,cynical note. This novel is a slice of life: Naipaul merrily caricatures the two latter events. Pls don't believe that Indian husbands beat their wives on their wedding night— they beat them afterwards! Hee hee!

How the Ball Bounces Down Trinidad Way

See it in the context of the taming of the shrew. Of Course, Naipaul tells a lot in just a few lines about Indian sexuality: In such a scenario, youngsters get their carnal knowldge from equally clueless adults as is the case here.

One heartening thing esp. Note to self: Naipaul is a genius when it comes to creating characters that have a very particular trait; being clueless. The protagonist Ganesh, is a baffled lad in Trinidad and tries his skills in quite a few stratas until life catches the right pace.

The plot is beautiful and filled with satire when it comes to the whole "Indian" thing. The sycophancy of his Father-in -law when he realizes his son-in-law made it big in life, his wife's lopsided nepotism and his close friends who seem to persuade him for wr Naipaul is a genius when it comes to creating characters that have a very particular trait; being clueless.

The sycophancy of his Father-in -law when he realizes his son-in-law made it big in life, his wife's lopsided nepotism and his close friends who seem to persuade him for writing books would bring a chuckle for sure, if one is acquainted to such behaviour in regular life.

A subtle tinge of Creolisation is noticed when the reader realizes that Trinidad and Tobago are colonial frontiers of the British, and the process of being creole is seen as a subtle progression in society. No one can compete with V. Naipaul when it comes to writing books wig the colonization reference, and this book brings out the best.

May 17, Tanuj Solanki rated it liked it Shelves: Naipaul creates a comic system full of characters mired in their petty motives, and lets it loose. Novelist V. Naipaul, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, grew up there. His first few novels wryly explored the comic clash between his fellow Indians and their exotic setting.

Now The Mystic Masseur, his first novel , comes to the screen directed by Ismail Merchant, best known as the producer half of the Merchant Ivory filmmaking team. Naipaul published it a few years after leaving Trinidad to study at Oxford, hoping for a career as a writer.

The novel, narrated by a young Trinidad Indian at Oxford, refracts elements from Naipaul's early life into a story about another islander with similar but misplaced ambitions. Ganesh Ransumair burns to make his mark in the world of letters. The trouble is, Trinidad doesn't offer much scope for a man with little learning and less talent. In his poor village on the outskirts of the colonial capital, books are so rare that a conniving shopkeeper with a marriageable daughter tries to score points with Ganesh by showing off his library, a collection of tattered paperback mysteries he's obviously never read.

The daughter wins a few points, though, with her beauty and odd enthusiasm for English punctuation, of all things. A marriage is arranged and the new wife waits impatiently for her husband to finish the book that will make them rich. It turns out to be a pamphlet on Hinduism that fails to sell.

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