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The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaulby Patrick French
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The first major biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial and enigmatic Nobel laureate: a stunning writer whose only stated ambition was greatness, in pursuit of which goal nothing else was sacred.
Beginning in rich detail in Trinidad, where Naipaul was born into an Indian family, Patrick French skillfully examines Naipauls life within a displaced community and his fierce ambition at school. He describes how, on scholarship at Oxford, homesickness and depression struck with great force; the ways in which Naipauls first wife helped him to cope and their otherwise fraught marriage; and Naipauls struggles throughout subsequent uncertainties in England, including his twenty-five-year-long affair.
Naipauls extraordinary gift—producing, uniquely, masterpieces of both fiction and nonfiction—is most of all born of a forceful, visionary impulse, whose roots French traces with a sympathetic brilliance and devastating insight.
French offers the first authoritative biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial Nobel laureate, whose only stated ambition was greatness as a writer, in pursuit of which nothing else was sacred.
About the Author
PATRICK FRENCH was born in England in 1966 and studied literature at Edinburgh University. He is the author of Younghusband, Liberty or Death and Tibet, Tibet, and is a winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. The World Is What It Is won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize.
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