By V. S. Naipaul
In his long-awaited, enormously cutting edge new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's nice travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what's straight away an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . an excellent new prism in which to view (Naipaul's) lifestyles and work."--New York occasions.
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The lighting was bright and crass. My makeup was smudged. My skin pale. I wondered if a trip to the tanning salon might not be a bad idea. I took off my shirt and bra. I still had tan lines from the previous summer. It didn’t make sense but I went with it. The first bra was black and simple. Too small. I thought purchasing an A cup would make me look like the girls in the Victoria Secret ads. ” My breasts just flooded out on the sides and underneath my armpits. I would have to go back to my size.
If this didn’t work I would invest in those silicone breast enhancers that cancer patients purchased. I would have to check the price on those. I stepped out of the car and onto the street with my new swollen-looking chest, barely masked by a low-cut tank top that showed off my cavernous cleavage. The shading and shadow between the two lumps intrigued me to no end. The Ukrainian man from across the street let his eyes rest on me a while longer. The crocheted curtain moved a bit and I heard a sharp knock, his wife watching, no doubt.
I took off my pants to get a general overview of what I was working with. My ass had a flabbiness that prevented me from feeling comfortable in thong underwear. I felt too exposed, too free-flowing. I opted for a full-bottomed brief to go with the padded bra. My breasts heaved over the line of the cup of my next choice. I wondered 48 / How to Get Into tHe twIn Palms if it was too much. I would take my chance. I slid a tank top over the cups. The fabric stretched to cover the new size, the new shape.
A Way in the World: A Novel by V. S. Naipaul