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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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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MR. STONE AND THE KNIGHTS COMPANION by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1963

"Effective and a little over-poignant, but Mr. Stone is not alone."
Mr. Stone, at 62, is a Prufrockian bachelor waning away in the even tenor of his days. 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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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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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: 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 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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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 >

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A WRITER’S PEOPLE by V.S. Naipaul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2008

"Rich with surprises and erudition, informed by an alchemist's imagination."
Nobel Laureate Naipaul (Magic Seeds, 2004, etc.) looks back at the education, writers, books, countries, people and circumstances that have influenced him and his work. Read full book review >