Search Results: "V.S. Naipaul"


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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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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: June 1, 1998

"A measured view of Islamic countries from the point of view of ordinary people rather than propagandists or detractors."
The famous novelist follows up on a travel narrative he published in 1981, Among the Believers, that examined the practice and revolutionary tendencies of Islam in Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Iran. Read full book review >

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THE MIMIC MEN by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"A subtle, rather alien study of an emerging character and society in which the interest is demarcated by its subject, by an author who has received consistent critical consideration (A House for Mr. Biswas, etc.)."
Naipaul's style is as distinctive as a fingerprint. Read full book review >

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HALF A LIFE by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2001

"Hermetic, self-absorbed, and not at all above peevishness—and consistently fascinating by virtue of its potent rhetorical and logical starkness. The work of a master who has rarely, if ever, written better."
Naipaul's first novel in six years is another installment in the extended fictional autobiography begun with The Enigma of Arrival (1993) and A Way in the World (1994). Read full book review >

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A WAY IN THE WORLD by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1994

"By individualizing the colonial and postcolonial experience, Naipaul reveals its human roots: the restless search for identity, for a sense of completion, that drove conquerors and conquered alike — that, as Naipaul tells us, drove him to become a writer."
This work of "fiction" from Naipaul (The Enigma of Arrival, 1993, etc.) is really a label-defying tapestry of elements, a fascinating, closely woven blend of history, character study, and autobiography. 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: Sept. 24, 1984

Though some of his early fiction is autobiographical, Naipual seems uncomfortable when writing about himself—and the first of the two pieces here, "Prologue to an Autobiography," is a circuitous account of "my literary beginnings and the imaginative promptings of my many-sided background." 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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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 TURN IN THE SOUTH by V.S. Naipaul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 1988

"Naipaul uses both the alien nature of what he sees and the resonances it creates with his own past in Trinidad to etch his impressions subtly and deeply: a powerful, permanent portrait of a unique culture."
A revealing, disturbing, elegiac journey with Naipaul (Finding the Center: Two Narratives, 1984; etc.) as he shows us America's Deep South through his own eyes—and southerners as they see themselves. 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 >