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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (396 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: V. S. Naipaul Narrator: Aasif Mandvi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781449803537
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Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul's magnificent Magic Seeds continues the story of Willie Chandran, the perennially dissatisfied and self-destructively naive protagonist of his bestselling Half a Life. Having left a wife and a livelihood in Africa, Willie is persuaded to return to his native India to join an underground movement on behalf of its oppressed lower castes. Instead he finds himself in the company of dilettantes and psychopaths, relentlessly hunted by police and spurned by the people he means to liberate. But this is only one stop in a quest for authenticity that takes in all the fanaticism and folly of the postmodern era. Moving with dreamlike swiftness from guerrilla encampment to prison cell, from the squalor of rural India to the glut and moral desolation of 1980s London, Magic Seeds is a novel of oracular power, dazzling in its economy and unblinking in its observations. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 2/13/2014

    " Maybe this story was too deep for me but I never got interested. The characters were unlikable and I never really understood any of their motivations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen Mcwilliams | 2/4/2014

    " I liked this book and in general, Naipaul's style. Detailed and full of the awareness of lifes uncertainties. He wandered a bit too much in this book and I was never sure where it was heading....perhaps underlining the books theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The Twins | 2/2/2014

    " Interesting read - however he lost me a few times on Willie's journey but enjoyed all the additional information on the various countries "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ritu | 1/23/2014

    " As I began reading this book, I realized that this was a book that I had given up trying to read a few years ago. The main character Willie is portrayed to be a person who is drifting in life and searching for a cause to make his life more meaningful. He is pushed by his sister Sarojini to do something, make up his mind. He goes to India to join a guerilla movement, wanders around in forests with the wrong group. No one knows what the cause is, what the goals are, and in this process in between murders, lands into jail. Willie makes mental notes of his impressions of people in India and places he visits, the roads, the foods, his feelings...he spends all his time outside of himself, as an outsider. His introspection is infuriating and it was nothing but will power that made me force myself to complete this book. From the jail, Willie manages to extricate himself back to London where, typical of his drifting nature, he accepts the hospitality of his old-time friend Roger and starts living his house. In the middle of the book, he confesses that he has never acquired any skills to work because his father as a temple owner also did not have one. He realizes that not having to work, the only thing his sister and he were good at was finding faults, criticizing what others did. He enters in an extra-marital affair with Roger's wife for no reason but because he is bored and this was something that he had fantasized about 20 years ago. There are no moral pangs for any character in this book. Roger has been having an affair with Marion, Rger's wife is sleeping with the banker, the banker's wife is sleeping with someone else. The book ends with a marriage that Roger and Willie attend in which Marcus, a black man has invited them. Marcus's son is marrying a white girl and Marcus's wish was to have white grand children. The bride and groom are marrying after they have already had some kids. The book brings across decaying values in the moral area and nothing seems to surprise Willie. I probably do not wish to recommend this book unless you are a very patient kind of person. Will you get something out of this book? Yes, every book has something to offer - there are statements that can have profound meaning, reflections, Willie's musings as he drifts in his life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Magda | 1/19/2014

    " I'm going to put it down.... I'm just not in the mood for a book like that. Yes, it has deep thoughts, but I'm not enjoying the prose and I'm not drawn into the characters' (brother and sister) discussions on revolutionary ideas. It's depressing. I was expecting something more from Nobel price winning author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Milton | 1/2/2014

    " Once you get to set the characters and their flaws in mind, the repetition is no longer such a challenge. Too little sain in too many chapters. - You need to be in the mood to follow it through. Such a surprise from a good writer...Nobel and all. Makes you wander at times how acolades are acquired. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 12/21/2013

    " Compared to Bend in the River or House for Mr. Biswas, this is not Naipaul's most perfect work by any means. The book's structure wobbles. But even an imperfect offering from Naipaul is worth twice most other books on the market. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shane | 12/3/2013

    " After reading most of Naipauls books and being a loyal fan, I was disappointed in this book - it seemed to have been written in a hurry or perhaps the great writer doesn;t care as much anymore? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 11/22/2013

    " interesting - how an innocent becomes a terriorist; very bleak social commentary on English society "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 11/12/2013

    " Impressive meditation on contemporary anomie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bebe | 11/5/2013

    " Book on CD - bah humbug "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 10/7/2013

    " A mix of many: anti-revolutionary and a quest for one's identity and place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 9/15/2013

    " Angry, stodgy, reactionary, and completely lacking (with a few exceptions), any of Naipaul's usual brilliant prose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ujjwol | 12/30/2012

    " Bored to death though some part of the story is nice. Took me two months to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kaija | 3/22/2012

    " Like a new-age Siddhartha. And I fiercely disliked the original Siddhartha. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 2/5/2012

    " I just love the man's prose. Doesn't seem to matter whether I care for the story opr not - I simply love reading his words. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suraj Alva | 12/3/2011

    " A bit less captivating, but it might be because I am reading about India with a lot of generalizations used as a base{maybe because I am Inidan, I tend to be overcritical}. The narrative also suffers on account of the weight of the embedded philosophy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumit | 7/4/2011

    " bit boring in the beginning but you would appreciate the book if you read it through the end . thought provoking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 The | 5/15/2011

    " Interesting read - however he lost me a few times on Willie's journey but enjoyed all the additional information on the various countries "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 11/18/2010

    " Maybe this story was too deep for me but I never got interested. The characters were unlikable and I never really understood any of their motivations. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anju | 6/22/2010

    " nice book to read, but not of my taste "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bebe | 6/10/2010

    " Book on CD - bah humbug "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sumit | 2/3/2010

    " bit boring in the beginning but you would appreciate the book if you read it through the end . thought provoking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 12/2/2009

    " say goodbye to idealism and integrity during your midlife crisis because in india it'll only throw you in jail. pretty great fast read. "

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About the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and went to Oxford on a scholarship in 1950. He is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction and nonfiction. His honors include the Nobel Prize, the Booker Prize, and a knighthood for services to literature. He was named a finalist for the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fiction.