Search Results: "V.S. Naipaul"


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AMONG THE BELIEVERS by V.S. Naipaul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 1981

"But whether or not one accepts Naipaul's final judgment in its entirety (the leftist Behzads will multiply, he foresees), the journey proceeds on many challenging, absorbing levels."
Naipaul traveled from Iran to Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and back in 1979-80, seeking the meaning of "Islamization"—an exceptional writer/observer/commentator intersecting with an epic anti-intellectual, anti-modernist upheaval. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"A work more narrative than reflective, but Naipaul's prose remains smooth, subtle, often silvery."
In this minor but engaging work, the Nobel Prize winner (Magic Seeds, 2004, etc.) examines the supernatural and religious beliefs he discovered in six African nations. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1990

A nightmare of crowds, fumes, and restless anger arises from the pages of this disturbing work—dour and long-winded perhaps, but ultimately eye-opening and perceptive. Read full book review >

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IN A FREE STATE by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1971

"The travel journal excerpts seem an irrelevant and slightly arbitrary 'frame' for stories lost in the never-neverland between allegory and reality, which don't quite explode with the momentous themes they always seem on the verge of revealing."
A book of three novellas of similar theme strung between two excerpts from the author's travel journal, whose failures are similar to those of its exiled characters — expatriates in countries where the language is never known quite well enough, where customs are followed rather than understood. Read full book review >

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A FLAG ON THE ISLAND by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1968

"While complete, the novella remains essentially the basis for a more extended work, the book a supplementary expression of Mr. Naipaul's distinctive outlook."
A clutch of short stories and one longer (circa ninety pages) novella from the author of A House for Mr. Biswas and, most recently, The Mimic Men. Mr. Naipaul's settings: Trinidad and London, his characters, a melange of individuals, encompassing Cockneys, Caribbean natives, Hindus gone Christian. Read full book review >

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Released: March 26, 1980

"A strong presence, a powerful collection."
Naipaul on the prowl: three stinging pieces on the "unreal world of imitation"—in Trinidad, Argentina, and the Congo—and a capstone essay on Conrad. Read full book review >

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INDIA by V.S. Naipaul
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1977

"Readers would be well advised to take his stimulating appraisal with the morning papers."
Far from being undercut by the new Indian elections, Naipaul has in essence overtaken events. Read full book review >

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A BEND IN THE RIVER by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1979

"This should have been an essay, perhaps, and one or two short stories; as a novel, it's listless—as a framework for ideas, it's never less than provocative."

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MAGIC SEEDS by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2004

"This great writer's rhetorical and constructive mastery remain unimpaired. But he's still beating horses so long dead that the stench is becoming overpowering."
The 2001 Nobel winner continues the story of Willie Chandran (Half a Life, 2001), an Indian-born writer (and presumable authorial surrogate). Read full book review >

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A HOUSE FOR MR. BISWAS by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1962

"MPSLUGMISTER Naipaul, highly acclaimed for his previous novels, has written another good book."
This is the chronicle of Mohun Biswas. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN FATHER AND SON by V.S. Naipaul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2000

"In a wonderful departure from —today I had for breakfast— collections of letters, Naipaul not only offers intriguing insights into his passage toward artistry, but tells a bittersweet, genuinely rewarding tale."
This spirited, humane collection of letters from Naipaul's (Beyond Belief, 1998; etc.) second decade of life gathers the triangular exchanges between the young Oxford student, his father in Trinidad, and his sister, Kamla, in India—and records the initiations of family death and authorial triumph. Read full book review >

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GUERRILLAS by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1975

"No easy answers for Naipaul: just 'hints of the failure and shoddiness to come' in a social novel that will define for generations to come the terms of the devolution of Mistah Kurz's property."
While colonials and nationalists go on fiddling and proselytizing, V. S. Naipaul illuminates lite millennium which is here. Read full book review >