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All through out the novel A Bend In the River VS Naipaul gives way to people being stuck between two cultures and without permanent residence The majority of characters in the novel are found to be either of mixed race culture or part of a culture foreign to the region each character playing an integral role and helping sculpt A Bend In the River It is through characters such as Salim Metty Ferdinand Shoba and Mahesh that Naipaul expresses the racial feelings of Africa at the time Salim is a man of Indian heritage living in a coastal African town where his people have prospered fro generations An opportunity arises to own a shop inland and he jumps on it and begins the next period of his life The novel is based around Salims world Through him Naipaul displays the feelings of race and of Africa Salims experience comes from his adulterous affair with a white woman Yvette His attraction is based somewhat upon the quest for the forbidden fruit She was barefooted feet white and beautiful and finely made I looked at her feet before I considered her face and her blouse black silk embroidered round the low cut collar 126 The two of them met while listening to the civil rights music of Joan Bayez thus catalyzing the mixture of peoples Mahesh and Shoba are a local Indian couple and friends of Salims The travesty they encounter stems from Shobas family and there dislike for Mahesh and his ways He brought shame to their family and threatened to have acid thrown in his face Mahesh and Shobas love for each other is so blind that they are oblivious to the surrounding danger and disregard what their familys feelings of discontent Mahesh tries willfully to make family life into a bulwark against the assaults of history as he keeps himself busy with his crazy ideas Ali a servant from Salims family travels inward
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