By V. S. Naipaul
In his long-awaited, greatly leading edge new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's nice travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what's instantly an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . an excellent new prism wherein to view (Naipaul's) lifestyles and work."--New York instances.
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They were all terrified of Jesse, and they all knew that any call would be thrown out anyway. Even if he did pound her to a pulp right there, people would turn their backs. She’d received the pitying glances, the incredulous looks. People wondered why she stayed. She wanted to tell them it wasn’t by choice — she wanted to beg for help. But she wouldn’t involve anyone else. This was her misery and she would either be freed from this hell or she’d die trying. Her sides had begun to ache, but the car was now close.
The second they clenched she’d known she was in trouble. This man’s hands were sitting idly at his hips, just sort of hanging there. “Can I please sit down with you for a few minutes of your time? ” His voice, she was sure, was supposed to convey trustworthiness. That made her more suspicious. “Sorry. ” She took her chances and darted through the door, not looking back as she made her way to her locker. Thankfully, it was open, since the only other person on shift was a nice kid whom she actually trusted.
She’d missed it. “Please,” she begged whoever might be listening, and this time when she pressed the key forward, thankfully, it slid into the ignition. She turned the key so hard that she was afraid she’d break it, but her car started on the first try. The fates must be lining up in her favor. ” So close. He was so very close. She backed the car out of the parking spot and saw him only about ten yards behind her. “Please, please, please…” she begged as she threw the car into drive and slammed the gas pedal all the way to the floor.