The suffrage of Elvira

Thu 17 September 2015 by Thejaswi Puthraya

This was my first VS Naipaul novel and I picked it up with a lot of reluctance especially over his chauvinistic views. But boy, this book lived up to it's expectations as a super comedy.

This book describes the first election at Trinidad. The electorate is multi-cultural with Hindus, Muslims and Christians. The candidates go to great lengths to appease them and some even scheme to hurt their rival's chances. Does the candidate who has the largest mass appeal or the one with the biggest money chest win?

What currently happens in elections in India is not very different from that written in this book.