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THE MYSTIC MASSEUR - 1957

The Mystic Masseur, H E Qing in a student paper highlights Naipaul’s characterisation of women as stemming from his sympathies for the women in the Third World who are doubly victimised due to patriarchy and colonial rule. Gemma Robinson reads the book as Naipaul’s charting of “the failures of textual production in the West Indies (and authors, printers, and readers are all targeted in this satire).” Irina Strout reads The Mystic Masseur and The Mimic Men to illustrate the point that men use mimicry as a camouflage, a defense and a lure. Archana Kaul reads the novel as fitting “into the classical four part division of a comedy: exposition, complication, climax and resolution.” Pradeep Kumar Panda reads the novel as on the brink of political independence and individuality.