The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book
And Other Comic Inventions
By V. S. Naipaul
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375708336, 544pp.)
Publication Date: June 11, 2002
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"The Suffrage of Elvira "is Naipaul's hilarious take on an electoral campaign in the back country of Trinidad, where the candidates' tactics include blatant vote-buying and supernatural sabotage. The eponymous protagonist of "Mr. Stone and the Knights Companion" is an aging Englishman of ponderously regular habits whose life is thrown into upheaval by a sudden marriage and unanticipated professional advancement. And the stories in "A Flag on the Island" take us from a Chinese bakery in Trinidad-whose black proprietor faces bankruptcy until he takes a Chinese name-to a rooming house in London-where the genteel landlady plays a nasty Darwinian game with her budgerigars. Unfailingly stylish, filled with intelligence and feeling, here is the work of a writer who can do just about anything that can be done with language.