By V. S. Naipaul

ISBN-10: 0307789292

ISBN-13: 9780307789297

In his long-awaited, tremendously leading edge new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's nice travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what's without delay an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . a super new prism by which to view (Naipaul's) lifestyles and work."--New York occasions.

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Right, which apparently in this case means we don't have a number anymore, or rather we do, but so does like the whole rest of Cleveland, in that we now all of a sudden share a single number with all these other places. All these places that share our line tunnel. M. Cafe, Fuss 'n' Feathers Pets, Dial-a-Darling? Well now they're like all the same number. You dial their numbers, and the F and V number rings. Plus a whole lot of new ones: a cheese shop, some Goodyear service office, that Barnbi's Den of Discipline, which by the way gets a disturbing number of calls.

Far as I am aware. " He went to his phone. Lenore watched him dial in-house. A threedigit relay means no crossbar. Bloemker was asking someone something in an administrative undertone Lenore couldn't hear. "Thank you," she heard him say. " He smiled. " Lenore had had a thought. " "I'm sorry? Oh, yes, nervous habit, I'm afraid, the state of affairs at the ... " Mr. Bloemker pulled both hands out of his beard. " "Certainly. " "Or should I call my father from. " lel The Home was broken into ten sections.

She asked, looking over at Mr. Bloemker, who stood with a sweat-shiny face in the doorway, massaging his chin. " Lenore went to the desk. There were three light, empty drawers. One locked drawer. " Lenore went to the TV table, took the little clay horse and popped its head off, and out fell a key and fluttered a tiny picture of Lenore, out of a locket. The picture was old and dull. The key made a sound on the metal table. Mr. Bloemker wiped at his forehead with the sleeve of his sportcoat. Lenore opened the drawer.

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