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.