By Naipaul, V. S.; Naipaul, Vidiadhar Surajprasad; Naipaul, Vidiadhar S
"Over the process his excellent fifty-year profession, V.S. Naipaul's writing has been characterised by means of a dedication to fact. In A Writer's humans he brings readability and event to an exploration of the methods we predict, see and believe. the diversity of this e-book displays an mind deeply engaged with the demanding situations of assimilation confronted by way of the 'serious traveller', one for whom there might be no unmarried global view. Naipaul writes in regards to the classical international what we now have retained from it, what now we have forgotten - and the newer prior. Figures as varied as Mahatma Gandhi, Derek Walcott and Gustave Flaubert come less than his compassionate scrutiny, as do his personal early years in Trinidad, the silences in his relatives heritage and the jobs performed by means of Anthony Powell and Francis Wyndham in his first encounters with literary culture."--Jacket. Read more...
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And it would not have been easy to put to people that the friendship remained of value, was not diminished by the horror. I had met him in 1957 as a great English writer, was flattered by his attention, and through all our friendship I never ceased to think of him as a great writer.
Yet it was there, all around them. The beaches of which they were proud, almost as of a personal possession, might have given them an idea of the beginning of the emptiness. If they could have looked at those beaches in another way they might have seen the past in a simple picture: New World islands scraped clean of the aborigines Columbus and his successors saw. This was history, though, far off, not to be looked at too closely, not to be felt in the bones. The unhappy middle-class people would have thought mainly of the later colonial set-up and their place within it, the secure but petty civil-service jobs, the small pay, the general absence of grandeur, the need always to look outside for anything—a film, a book, the life of a great man—that might lift a man out of himself.
Samuel Selvon was a Trinidad Indian. He was born in 1923. He didn’t come (like my own family, say) from the more rooted rural Indian community, where an India of sorts could be said to survive. Selvon’s Indians were semi-urban people shaken loose from the rural community, and losing their traditions fast. After various wartime jobs Selvon joined the Trinidad Guardian and for a time did columns for the evening paper under the name of Michael Wentworth, very suave, very smooth, more like a disguise than a pen-name.
A writer's people : ways of looking and feeling by Naipaul, V. S.; Naipaul, Vidiadhar Surajprasad; Naipaul, Vidiadhar S