Friday, March 6, 2009
Reaction: "Miguel Street, George and the Pink House" by: V.S. Naipaul
It has a variety of emotions and it's a good story. Some things I had to read twice to understand but everything else is really simple and easy to infer.
The author tells the story of one of his neighbors in the famous Miguel Street. This really mean man, named George, beat his kids and wife. He had a house that was pink and really abandoned. His wife was a woman that by the time grew thinner and his daughter grew fatter. George didn't hurt his son as he grew older but instead he hit his wife and daughter even more. The boy that narrates the story is really sacred of George and his house. One day George's wife died and he was really sad and he looked comfort in drinking. He even got away and he didn't returned in a long time. When he came back, he came with an Indian woman that did all the chores that his wife use to do, but she got tired of him been so abusive and she left him. Short after that the boy saw that in the house they were a lot of women and Jeeps. George had made his house a whore house, where a lot of soldiers came and had a good time with one of the ladies. When other places more pretty and sophisticated opened he lost his clients. He died later alone and forgotten.
V.S. Naipaul has a great mind to develop great stories, this story has different messages and themes in it. But it's only one of the many short stories in this book. It's really sad that he had to die alone, but it was his fault for being so mean and corrupting. When we do bad stuff in a way we have to pay for them and no good deed goes unpunished. Sometimes we need to think about other people to their feelings and wishes. There's nothing more important than love, friends and family and to preserve all of those things we need to dedicate time, effort and love.