By CHARLES POORE
iguel Street, " by V. S. Naipaul, is a seductive book about growing in the Western world Indies. The sketches will be written gently, so that disaster is modest and humor is over-stated, yet the band of real truth always prevails. A comparison with " Porgy and Bess" has been advised. The parallel has at least the merit of reminding all of us that the entire world is one. Because hospitable disposition we might also remember Mark Twain's tales of life within the Mississippi. But Miguel Street, in Trinidad, is not really similar to Catfish Row, nor will be reminders of nineteenth-century Missouri prevalent. What is true and, if you will certainly, significant regarding Mr. Naipaul's book is the fact it presents a world of its own excellently. The time of the world is definitely the late Nineteen Thirties and many of the Nineteen Forties over a sunny informelle siedlung street in Port of Spain. In this article the fresh narrator in the story great Hindu family live in a community as heterogeneous as, declare, that of New york Island. Music, Cricket and Courage
Vivid characters with tenuous means of support populate the spot. They sing the latest Calypso songs and interest themselves in cricket matches and collect rubbish and talk about migrating across the narrow sea to Venezuela. If their attitude toward morals is informal it is shown openly, not discreetly. Their standards of bravery are high. They think endlessly for the tremendous trifles and mysteries that have bothered man's considering throughout his tenure upon our unusual planet. A room with a view of any mango shrub may contain a boisterously quarrelsome family or a recluse dedicated to carpentry or scholarship. The most popular beverage is usually rum, though the gay blades who have fun here most choose the ostentatious patronage of your milk pub during a great interval the moment joy through strength turns into fashionable. Speak is swift and strenuous. A Lardnerian precision in idioms animates it. The subsequent scene issues one Mrs. Morgan, that has the temerity to doubt the general ability Mrs. Bhakcu ascribes to her lord and master, Mr. Bhakcu, a male of many products. Mrs. Morgan speaks initially:
" I listen to your hubby talking in the sleep yesterday, loud, high in volume. " " He wasn't talking, having been singing. "
" Singing? Hahahahaaah! You know some thing, Mrs. Bhakcu? "
" What, Mrs. Morgan? "
" In case your husband sing for his supper, both these styles all of you deprive like heck. " " He know a really lot more than any of the unaware man it have from this street, you hear. He can read and write, you already know. English and Hindi. How you will so unaware you don't know that the Ramayana is a ay book? Should you coulda figure out all the a valuable thing he is performing, you would not be speaking all this nonsense you discussing now, you hear. " Appreciate Is Everywhere
The pangs of love raise welts on Miguel Street. There is a lady surviving in sin having a man who also seemed alternatively charming to her before her elopement and hating minutely of it. There exists a girl who had eight children by several fathers and grew abruptly and perplexingly prim the moment her daughter showed signs of carrying within the tradition. You will find husbands burning off wives and wives dropping husbands all over the place. Although World War II begins, carries on and ends in the span of Mr. Naipaul's book, that seldom dominates the field. The entrance of American armed forces to put into practice the bases-for-destroyers exchange among Britain as well as the United States delivers measures of disquiet and measures of prosperity. Nevertheless Miguel Road takes all that in its stride. Trinidad features known a large number of invaders, friendly and malicious, in its background. What winter- cruise addicts may miss here is the comparison absence of travelers. Those invaders were not frequently in time during these years. Or perhaps Miguel Street could hardly be bothered with these people, particularly. Completely so many different interests, anyhow. Matters of rivalry, strategies for corporations of transferring great instant, dreams of get away and containing to resignation in this island vanity good. Return to the Books Homepage...