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4,046 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Boxill discusses the paradoxical nature of freedom and the symbolic "prisons" in Naipaul's In a Free State. Prison is an important presence in V.S. Naipaul... Read more
1,041 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Calder praises the two short stories of In a Free State for their ability to convey the fears and isolation of emigrants living in cultures destroyed by imperialism, but criti... Read more
708 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review of In a Free State, Larson criticizes the short stories and novella for their pessimistic themes of emigrants suffering from prejudice as they lead lives in foreign lands. Trin... Read more
1,259 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review of In a Free State, Theroux calls the work a “masterpiece in the fiction of rootlessness” and compares the transplanted characters of the short stories to those i... Read more
1,852 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review of In a Free State, Kazin calls the book one of Naipaul's best and illustrates how the short stories within the work give voice to Naipaul's major themes of displ... Read more
5,421 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Thieme compares In a Free State to Naipaul's earlier work and concludes that this later effort shows the author moving beyond themes of the wretchedness of Third World c... Read more
4,118 words, approx. 14 pages
In the following essay, Boxill asserts that Naipaul understands freedom as having to be paradoxical in order to be meaningful, and discusses the symbolic “prisons” in In a Free State. Pr... Read more