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New PDF release: A writer's people : ways of looking and feeling

By Naipaul, V. S.; Naipaul, Vidiadhar Surajprasad; Naipaul, Vidiadhar S

ISBN-10: 0330455834

ISBN-13: 9780330455831

ISBN-10: 0330485245

ISBN-13: 9780330485241

"Over the process his staggering fifty-year profession, V.S. Naipaul's writing has been characterised by way of a dedication to fact. In A Writer's humans he brings readability and adventure to an exploration of the methods we expect, see and think. the diversity of this e-book displays an mind deeply engaged with the demanding situations of assimilation confronted by means of the 'serious traveller', one for whom there may be no unmarried global view. Read more...


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We learn especially about their current mating. In the beginning this provided surprise; but then there is no surprise in this game of musical chairs. And then, too, we begin to feel that these people, though they were new to us in the beginning, part of a social knowledge which we might not have had, are only one-dimensional, not interesting enough for us to follow. Their interplay doesn’t become profounder with age and the passage of time. The writer gives them a lot of attention, but we feel somehow that he sees more in them than he makes us see.

Until 1974 he had been writing a many-volumed autobiographical novel, A Dance to the Music of Time; after that, when he was past seventy, he had done bits and pieces of fiction and drama. In what seemed like the remote past I had read the first couple of volumes of the big novel. Very little had remained with me. I thought that might have been because the matter, an English upbringing, was too far away from me. Powell was proud of being an English writer; he thought it something delicate and special, something to which people would at some time want to return; and from those two novels an impression (which I didn’t trust because of its strangeness) had stayed with me that the writer had wished to show how much he knew of English manners.

A generation or so before they would have been content to be neither black nor Asian. But now they had begun to suffer in their jobs and in their persons from what, with their success, they saw more clearly as colonial disrespect. They were no longer content to hide, to be grateful for small mercies; they wanted more for themselves. The talk about a local culture, the steel band and the dance, also came from people with political ambitions. Such talk could flatter a potential black electorate. The franchise was still restricted; but it was known that self-government was coming.

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