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V.S. Naipaul Writing Styles in The Mimic Men: A Novel

V.S. Naipaul
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Point of View

Because the novel is structured as Singh’s memoir, it is told entirely from Singh’s perspective. However, there are significant divisions among the various perspectives that Singh holds at different points in his life. The narrative itself is technically told entirely from the perspective of the 40-year-old Singh who is looking back on his life as he writes his memoir. However, this Singh explores the various perspectives of his younger selves. For example, as a boy, Singh harbored a disdain towards those who lived in poverty on Isabella, but as a man, he worked to help improve life for people on Isabella. Singh contemplates his acquired wisdom over the years and considers it alongside the previous events and attitudes of his life.

The narrative also attempts to explore the perspectives of other characters though Singh’s knowledge and understanding of them. Supporting characters such...

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