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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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OVERCROWDED BARRACOON by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 1973

"The attraction, rather, is simply that Naipaul is Naipaul."
You don't read Naipaul — you listen to him. Read full book review >

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LITERARY OCCASIONS by V.S. Naipaul
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 7, 2003

"Naipaul is still Naipaul. But he isn't especially well served by a very uneven volume that really seems to have been hastily assembled rather than carefully edited."
This miscellany of essays and reviews is a pendant to the 2001 Nobel laureate's recent Between Father and Son: Family Letters (2000) and The Writer and the World (2002). 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 >