Sometimes I find it so hard to see past the characters to the analogy. I don't like Willie. I don't like his father. Story of Ana, please, or story of June or of Willie's mother or of Sarojini. Perhaps, as the Nobel comittee said, he can "compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories" but they are still the histories of men. Perhaps it's my error, expecting to like the characters I read about?Cruelly funny at times, and Naipul is a fabulous writer so it's delicious to read.