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Magic Seeds by V. S. Naipaul
Magic Seeds continues the story of Willie Chandran, first introduced in V. S. Naipaul's Half a Life, a man of Indian birth who's wandered the world listlessly looking for a meaning to his life. He's now in his forties, separated from his wife, and living with his sister in Berlin. His sisters convinces him to go back to India, to find his purpose by fighting with revolutionaries seeking to free the lower castes. What he finds among the revolutionaries are people like him, those searching for a purpose to their lives. The people they intend to free are just a convenience for their own movement. Willie turns himself in, serves a few years in prison, and returns to England. There he finds a country as listless as he, and as seemingly without purpose. Magic Seeds, which V. S. Naipaul claims is his last novel, has received mixed reviews. The Cleveland Plain Dealer says, "Despite Naipaul's heavy-handed ways, his precise art offers something revelatory about society - even if he has revealed it before."