By V. S. Naipaul
In his long-awaited, drastically leading edge new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's nice travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what's straight away an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . an excellent new prism in which to view (Naipaul's) existence and work."--New York occasions.
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Dying! Oh Wisnieski, help me! Please fucking help me. Me: “Wiskieski, just tell me. We used to be so good man. It was me and you. Just me and ol’ Wisnieski. ” Minutes passed. ” And I lay there in the dark, waiting for Wisnieski to respond. To tell me we were all right. But he never did. No. Wisnieski. What happened. Where did you go. I’m never going to get to the post-production party—I thought. I’ll never make it. Never! And I spun the shitty phone around on the floor, sweating. m. m. Somehow it was the worst feeling ever, to watch that happen.
55 [SAM PINK] “You started and I followed,” my brother said. ” And I remembered the gum I had in my mouth. Worried I’d inhale it while catching my breath. ) of my lungs. I saw myself decaying in the corner of a room empty but for a toilet—wheezing in the corner, purple- skinned and seconds from death. My brother gave me the gum a couple days ago and I saved it. It was pink and had been in a dresser drawer for a long time. When I ate it today after my sandwich, the gum crumbled into dust at first.
Randomly. Like I don’t even know if I’m talking to myself or someone’s telling me that or whatever. Which at first was scary. Then I realized I did it to preserve myself in some way and it became comfortable. I kicked some more rocks against a chainlink fence. Both my hands in fists. A part of the city skyline was visible over garages and loading docks. Kill you—I thought. ” I didn’t say anything. Felt like I should. 37 [SAM PINK] But I didn’t. ” Then he punched a branch that hung over someone’s fence and kicked some rocks.
A Way in the World: A Novel by V. S. Naipaul