A CRITICAL STUDY OF V.S. NAIPAUL'S HALF A LIFE
The present paper is an attempt to study V.S Naipaul’s Half a Life in the light of Diasporic issues of exile and identity crisis. V.S Naipaul is the spokesperson of the Indian diaspora and their problems. Half a Life represents Willie Chandran’s journey in search of identity and his permanent status as an exilic. Being the son of a Brahmin father and a low caste mother, Willie’s very identity is under question. He feels exiled in his own land and leaves India to find his new identity in the multilingual and multicultural society of London and later in Africa and Germany. Willie as a Diaspora travels frequently, but fails to find a fixed identity and a sense of belongingness. He realizes that his exile is permanent. The plight of Willie seems to signify the plight of the entire Indian Diaspora and of Naipaul himself.
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