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Publisher's Summary

"A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say 'Slum!' because he could see no more." But to its residents, this derelict corner of Trinidad's capital is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. There's Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build "the thing without a name". There's Man-man, who goes from running for public office to staging his own crucifixion, and the dreaded Big Foot, the bully with glass tear ducts. There's the lovely Mrs. Hereira, in thrall to her monstrous husband. In this tender, funny early novel, V. S. Naipaul renders their lives (and the legends their neighbors construct around them) with Dickensian verve and Chekhovian compassion.

Set during World War II and narrated by an unnamed - but precociously observant - neighborhood boy, Miguel Street is a work of mercurial mood shifts, by turns sweetly melancholy and anarchically funny. It overflows with life on every page.

©2010 V. S. Naipaul (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Yas
  • 2020-11-06

Vintage Naipaul

The remarkable descriptive talent of @vsnaipaul is at its best in "Miguel Street". It is a Trinidadian story of daily people & few writers match Naipaul's ability in telling the story of common folks with such sincere clarity.

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  • Candice R
  • 2020-09-28

I really enjoyed this book

I noticed right off,the narrator is not Trinidadian and was bahamian! which process right cus I then looked him up on Google. but that may have been my bias. but great stories. it was fun to listen to and I laughed and felt sad at some times where I identified with the characters. this was definitely a better Naipaul for me.

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  • anton
  • 2018-10-27

Mixed feelings.

Everything except the conversations were enjoyable. I'm from Trinidad and the person reading the dialogue read them with a Guyanese accent. It took alot of the story away and ruined my overall experience. Thank you for your efforts though.

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  • Simone D.
  • 2018-10-06

Needs a Trini narrator

I had expected a Trinidadian narrator for this iconic expose on wartime Trinidad.
I think some of the dialogue suffered because of the narrator's strong Bahamian accent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-08-28

trini accent needed to do justice to this narratio

publishers: please use authentic accents for books. whilst the narrator had a "caribbean " accent it was clear it was not a trinidadian accent and so a little something was lost due to that. i have clear memories as a student reading this book aloud in literature class in our local trini parlance and I was expecting the same. otherwise it was nice to return to a childhood story.

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  • CJB
  • 2021-12-27

Wow!

I truly enjoyed this book. It gives a lot of insight into life in that part of the world. This is the first I have read anything by this author and will undoubtedly look to see what other books by him calls to me. While the narrator did not have a Trini accent, I looked past that and focused on the story itself. That being said I thought the narration was fine. I would recommend this book for sure!

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  • JK
  • 2021-09-15

DO NOT MISS

An other book by a MASTER AUTHOR.
The stories are beautiful and often humorous. Such a reflection of life in Trinidad during that era.
The narration is expertly done.
I was sorry when I came to the end of the book.
Thank you, JK

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  • leongork
  • 2021-08-25

Entertaining

Well written, I loved the use of local language. The characters are clearly sketched and unforgettable. Naipaul manages to arouse feelings of affection for the characters. Thanks to this book I have a clear picture of life in a certain part of Trinidad .

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  • 2021-06-15

Fantastic reader!

A charming set of stories comprising the coming of age of a young boy in Trinidad.

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  • GenericEpi0387
  • 2021-06-09

“Never fraid, go brave boy!”

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Need I say more about this brilliant window, in the house of the Melville from Trinidad!