IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 12, December 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Dr. NEETA PANDEY
V.S.Naipaul's A Bend in the river talks of Africa in four parts:The Second Rebellion; The New Domain; The Big Man and Battle. In all the parts, he basically reflects the rebel and the conflict which goes on in the minds of the Protogonist, which can be generalised to the Africans and the outsiders. The fiction starts with the thought that “the world is what it is; men who are nothing who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it (p.3). The narrator—Salim, an ethnically Indian Muslim was a long resident on the coast of Central Africa. He talks about post-colonial time-- the time of independence when life was not easy, and Africa have had its own troubles. He talks about a 'Town' in the interior--at the bend in the great river, whose existence had come to a standstill. Naipaul talks of this town as a natural meeting place-- for people,and do the trade.