Naipaul hm Like almost all nobel rice winners he sports a very intellectual form of writing so you have to really WANT to read one of his books This has been my 4th so far After A Bend in the River The masue of Africa and Islammic Journey and I must admit its always sim For the most art a sensational book although a little inconsistent It s a difficult book to categorize because it was art essay We'll Make It Through part historical andart autobiographical It was basically a historical account of the colonization of the Caribbean with highly fictionalized stories of Raleigh and Francisco de Miranda mixed in with autobiographical stories of the author himself The writing was magnificent and Naipaul s rose was worth the read alone regardless of the story subject matter I really can t say I enjoyed reading this book I am actually surprised I finished it since at times it
IS WOODEN AND TIRING THERE ARE OTHER PARTS WHERE wooden and tiring There are other arts where s talent shines but unfortunately they seem deeply flawed to me by the writer s erspective on race Not only has Naipaul made some outrageous comments on Muslims and women who have little of a role in this book in ublic I also The Age of Apollyon perceived A Way in the World as fraught with racial stereotypes or at leasterspectives on race that don t seem really egalitarian Combined with the ersonal memoire like style of the book interspersed with fragments of short stories this doesn t make the author appear very likable I read this book about 12 13 years ago for a graduate class but romptly forgot about it robably because I didn t finish it It s one of the few Naipaul books I hadn t truly read so when I found It For Sale At A for sale at a bookstore I figured it was time I feared it would be like some of his longer dryer travel books observations mixed with history all interesting but a bit onderous at times I couldn t have been mistaken The book is riveting original fascinating and erhaps his very best work rivaling or at least side by side with A House for Mr Biswas or In a Free State What makes this book so uniue is its form no longer interested in writing novels Naipaul creates his own form a uasi memoir travelogue history that takes laces in various The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 places lands and times yet is all connected through his own voice and character The book opens with his memories of Trinidad working in a government office in the months before he left for studies in Oxford He lets a lot of actual autobiography seep through here though it s always fictionalized and carefully examined Then we get a longer section about the same character a stand in for Naipaul in England who befriends an English author who once wrote of Trinidad in a typical travel book and yet he came much closer to the rest in seeing something of the truelace Through their meetings and conversations Naipaul learns the sad fate of the author and the art transcended the man himself who can no longer see what made it original or his writing speak This breaks off into a long historical narrative about the search for El Dorado and is The National Debt: A Short History perhaps the bestart of the book Naipaul s knowledge of this eriod is absolute so he conjures it up without wearing his learning on his sleeve Though writing about Sir Walter Raleigh s failed mission to find the fabled city and bring back shiploads of gold it sounds as contemporary as any of his novels and reveals the festering heart of the ostcolonial world which shapes modern Trinidad The next art of the book follows the exploits of Francisco Miranda a would be revolutionary who comes to Trinidad buoyed with English hopes of empire only to find himself trapped in a web of intrigue and disappointment
Here Naipaul reveals his impressive depth of colonial Spanish culture he studied Naipaul reveals his impressive depth of colonial Spanish culture he studied literature at Oxford and captures a believable ortrait of a forgotten footnote of history The novel ends with the Naipaul character once now in ostcolonial Africa where he befriends an old colleague from the government office in Trinidad now become an important diplomat Through him Naipaul charts the ossibility of so called mimic men in the ostcolonial world who find themselves able to adopt the airs and retensions of colonial society yet can never enjoy its Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde promise There are few authors who couldull off these disparate characters and worlds with any sense of believability much less total fluency And yet the book reads effortlessly full of dense history and Karneval, Vol. 4 philosophy yet withrose that it as light as air In the end the book simply reads like an engaging novel and the uniue form of the book raises no eyebrows to tell this story history had to be treated not as a The Hiding Place progression of time but as the lens on a microscope a simple adjustment turns 1960 into 1560 which suggests that all the oldroblems remain if today slightly In his long awaited vastly innovative new novel Naipaul one of literature's great travelers Los Angles Tim. Ut of focus Whatever you think of his erson or olitics Naipaul remains one of our greatest writers and his books most
Of Them If Not All them if not all them have a good chance of lasting into the next century as a complex ortrait of the 20th them have a good chance of lasting into the next century as a complex Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' portrait of the 20th landscape I am a huge admirer of VS Naipaul The Enigma of Arrival and A House for Mr Biswas are two of the best novels ever written in the 20th Century However I found this one to be uite a slog and a challenge Maybe I wasn t in the right frame of mind when reading iterhaps it s not a bedtime book Each chapter reads like a self contained story but linked by the meta narrative of European empire colonialism and Marxist or Black Nationalist anti colonial struggle it moves from the times of Sir Walter Raleigh and the 18th19th century Venezualian Spanish revolutionary Francisco de Miranda to contemporary times autobiographical reflections and a factional account of Naipaul s critical friendship with fellow Trinidadian intellectual and MarxistBlack nationalist CLR James The narrators thoughts on the CLR James character are not so kind However what Naipaul does is ask uestions and onders on difficult themes he doesn t tub thump on causes he wants us to delve into the deep complexity of the human condition in finding a way in the world Not a bad bookjust sort of scattered To borrow the authors own wordsthis book is a slippery iece of work You slip about and lose your footing It s nice and easy and clear and brilliant for many Changing Face of the Hero pagesthen you suddenly feel you ve not beenaying attention The author would say those The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry periods arerecisely the StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story places you the reader have to identify as that is where the writer decides to add and hide things The book is VERY well written I learned a lot from the historical aspects of the novel There are four intersecting stories going on in this book and I think four separate EXCELLENT novels would have been a better arrangement It does assist in telling you that I have to discover myself again And itrofoundly hints that success comes from a little good luck talent knowledge and It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life prestige I also laughed when I read a line in the book You are tormenting yourself needlessly as that was how I felt at certain moments of reading this novel I have said in my comments on this site that I think that the millenarian tendencies of some of my shall we say zealous Christian forebears might have made me keenly receptive to dystopic narratives among other grim eschatological works We know there are talents as well as resemblances not to say cognitive skills and deficits thatass from one generation to the next Having said that and having just finished my second reading of this Naipaul gem I wonder if Naipaul s own forebears might not have Lignin Biodegradation prepared him for a certain hyper vigilance to status and caste Naipaul is descended from a high caste Brahmin family One of the singular features of all of his work has always been a hyper awareness of status that is unlike anything I know in any other contemporary writer Who stands where in the socialecking order how that standing has altered over time whether someone is higher in repute fame success than they were in the Pure Chance past or lower and why all of these concerns fascinate Naipaul Now you could argue I suppose well he s a writer naturally he would have keen observations about character and related matters To that I would respond yes true but there is something uniue about the content of Naipaul s observations and his remarks upon them There is aitiless honesty yes but also something Is this the result of some kind of genetic hardwiring This is something the cognitive sciences have only begun to study So I wanted to think out loud a little here and ask if my Naipaul loving GR friends might have any insight into this aspect of his work Has anyone else marked this The Lady and the Lionheart penchant of Naipaul sPS Please read Brent Staples review of A Way in the World from the New York Times I think it s excellenthttpwwwnytimescombooks980607 45 starsThis is my first Naipaul and I was blind to what to expect It s almost impossible to categorize memoir travel writing fiction social criticism and Based largely in Naipaul s native now there s a word worth discussing in the context of this book s themes Trinidad this educated me further on the history of forceful migration and its cultural implications As for the reading I was surprised to find that the lengthy detailed description of time andlace the richest art of the reading experience There was a cricket layer a spinner called Nagamootoo some years ago in a West Indian team I saw on television I was intrigued the name could only be a version of Nagamuthu an unmistakable and typical name straight from the Tamil heartlands And it made 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I Ve Ever Read Ive ever Read I Note That I note that such a book so far away from the literary forms we know and recognize would have written by anyone else we all would have dismissed it as a freak show But this is Naipaul So we all Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church pay attentionThe book is fiction non fiction and autobiography It is also Naipaul looking at himself through different lenses a sort of memoir Whatever it is it is infinitely beautiful as aortrait of a land and a A (kinda) Country Christmas peopleThere are several narratives in the book distinct and yet woven together like the intricacies ofost colonial West Indian society the Indian merchant settlers the African lantation slaves the fleeing aborigines the lost Chinese and of course the English and the Spanish The major narratives are factualfictional accounts of 1 Naipaul s own early life as a writer2 A fellow Trinidadian s of the left leaning revolutionary variety life and writing3 A fading but important to Naipaul English writer 4 Sir Walter Raleigh whom we see looking for El Dorado in the Caribbean and failing 5 Francisco de Miranda whom we find trying to liberate Spanish South America and failingEach of These Narratives Has Only narratives has only thing in common the Caribbean and it is through this lens that we look at history and culture and ambition and ultimately failure Loss and colonial baggage are what the themes mainly are but the book is also about other things bigger than the characters we meet There are unforgettable characters in each section beautiful terrible impossible characters And the writing is just magnificent The words seem to flow like the old stream near the old estates in Port of Spain that Naipaul describes lonely and cool and dazzling at the same time This was my first Naipaul and it has been a tumultuous initiation this is high class literatureAt the end of the relude there is this line I loved We cannot understand all the traits we have inherited Sometimes we can be strangers to ourselvesThat is what the book is in the end an attempt at understanding who and what we are A attempt that as the author wants us to understand will always be doomed to fail Therein lie the uestions and the answers we all seek When I found this book I was intrigued by the description and had high expectations since Naipul is a Nobel Prize laureate The content was interesting but it seemed rather disjointed I found myself forgetting which characters were speaking who they were and how they were connected continually throughout the book Perhaps I was just distracted but this seemed like a book that was cobbled together from thoughts Naipul had for other longer works that he never worked out completely Each of the vignettes held so much romise but the way he executed the narrative left me wanting or wondering what the real oint wasWhen I got midway through the book it seemed like Naipul had National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 put my own thoughtsreview about thisiece into words which made me wonder if he too had second thoughts about the way he wrote this iece and maybe tossed this gem in there to see if eople were Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism paying attentionPage 171 172 Even so I have read your book again and again It s a slipperyiece of work if I can use that word You slip about you lose your footing It s nice and easy and clear and brilliant for a number of Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory pages and then suddenly you feel you ve not beenaying attention You feel you ve missed something So you go back You ve missed nothing It s just that something s wrong with the writing This happens so many times So even if you re a careful reader you lose the drift of the narrative It s not easy noticing first of all that the writing has changed and then finding exactly where But those are Charming the Firefighter precisely thelaces you have to identify Because those are the laces where the writer decides to add things or hide thingsThere were so many oints that I lost interest in the book and thought about giving it up However From that Everyone Loves Clowns and Other Tales point of the excerpt above to the end many of the narratives and characters were entertainingerhaps I was making a concerted effort to find the The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles places where the writer decides to add things or hide things This is the first book I ve read from Naipul While I was disappointed in this one I m not going to give up because so many of his books sound super interesting and I think he has an interestingerspective to write from with his Indian heritage in Trinidad. F colonialism Dickensian a brilliant new rism through which to view Naipaul's life and work New York Time.