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A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling

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"A Writer's People is amazingly concise, as Naipaul can be, but also wide-ranging and tightly packed, a kind of literary Rubik's Cube, made up of small, exquisitely beveled pieces, with no obvious points of contact, that he manages to fit together effortlessly." Joseph Lelyveld, The New York Review of Books (read the entire New York Review of Books review)

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Born in Trinidad of Indian descent, a resident of England for his entire adult life, and a prodigious traveler, Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul has always faced the challenges of "fitting one civilisation to another." Here, in his first book of nonfiction since 2003, he gives us an eloquent, candid, wide-ranging narrative that delves into this sometimes inadvertent process of creative and intellectual assimilation.

He discusses the writers he read early on: Derek Walcott, Gustave Flaubert and his own father among them. He explains how Anthony Powell and Francis Wyndham influenced his first encounters with literary culture. He looks at what we have retained — and forgotten — of the world portrayed in Caesar's The Gallic War and Virgil's Aeneid. He illuminates the ways in which the writings of Gandhi, Nehru and other Indian writers both reveal and conceal the authors and their nation. And he brings the same scrutiny to bear on his own life: his years in Trinidad; the gaps in his family history; the "private India" kept alive in his family through story, ritual, religion and culture; his ever-evolving reaction to the more complicated and demanding true India he would encounter for the first time when he was thirty.

Part meditation, part remembrance, as elegant as it is revelatory, A Writer's People allows us privileged insight — full of incident, humor and feeling — into the mind of one of our greatest writers.

Review:

One of the perquisites of achieved greatness might be the freedom to let go, to relax from the exertions that had so much to do with getting there. This natural tendency, less charitably known as coasting, could help explain why V.S. Naipaul's recent works — the novel "Magic Seeds" and two collections of essays, "Literary Occasions" and now "A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling" — feel... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"This is an important coda, on a lifetime of 'seeing'....For Naipaul, 'seeing' with clarity is all-important to both constantly remaking the world through literature and to fashioning a history for oneself....Brilliant." Amit Chaudhuri, The Guardian

Review:

"Naipaul's latest collection of essays, A Writer's People, is essential reading for those who admire his work and want to understand it further. But there is much there for any enquiring mind, as it offers the insights and observations on literature, history and cultural sensibility of an honest and truly global thinker." The Evening Standard

Review:

"[Naipaul's] writing...gleams with brilliance. Even as you recoil from his judgments, it's impossible not to admire the prose." Seattle Times

Review:

"[I]t is [Naipaul's] lifelong journey away from Trinidad that is the heart of the collection." Boston Globe

About the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty-five books of fiction and nonfiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, Magic Seeds and a collection of letters, Between Father and Son. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375407383
Subtitle:
Ways of Looking and Feeling
Author:
Naipaul, V. S.
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Authors, Trinidadian
Subject:
General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Naipaul, V. S
Subject:
Authors, Trinidadian - 20th century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
20080429
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.64x5.82x.84 in. .80 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780375407383 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "A Writer's People is amazingly concise, as Naipaul can be, but also wide-ranging and tightly packed, a kind of literary Rubik's Cube, made up of small, exquisitely beveled pieces, with no obvious points of contact, that he manages to fit together effortlessly." (read the entire New York Review of Books review)
"Review" by , "This is an important coda, on a lifetime of 'seeing'....For Naipaul, 'seeing' with clarity is all-important to both constantly remaking the world through literature and to fashioning a history for oneself....Brilliant."
"Review" by , "Naipaul's latest collection of essays, A Writer's People, is essential reading for those who admire his work and want to understand it further. But there is much there for any enquiring mind, as it offers the insights and observations on literature, history and cultural sensibility of an honest and truly global thinker."
"Review" by , "[Naipaul's] writing...gleams with brilliance. Even as you recoil from his judgments, it's impossible not to admire the prose."
"Review" by , "[I]t is [Naipaul's] lifelong journey away from Trinidad that is the heart of the collection."
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