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× Read ½ A Way in the World: A Novel by V.S. Naipaul ½ Naipaul s A WAY IN THE WORLD is a dense read but you always want to excavate Naipaul and that s a pleasure I love the way he digs up history and brings alive unknown, obscure and half forgotten characters and fill them with rich details in a very matter of fact manner, eschewing drama It is not a novel but a collection of essays, a few of them colored through his imagination based on solid research Caribbean and South American history is laid bare through the misadventures and cruelties of characters like Francisco Miranda, the Venezuelan revolutionary and Sir Walter Raleigh,who were men of vision nevertheless It is ultimately about human frailty.
Not a bad bookjust sort of scattered To borrow the authors own wordsthis book is a slippery piece of work You slip about and lose your footing It s nice and easy and clear and brilliant for many pagesthen, you suddenly feel you ve not been paying attention The author would say those periods are precisely the 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 it profoundly hints that success comes from a little good luck, talent, knowledge and prestige I also laughed when I read a line in the book You are tormenting yourself n In His Long Awaited, Vastly Innovative New Novel, Naipaul, One Of Literature S Great Travelers Los Angles Times , Spans Continents And Centuries To Create What Is At Once An Autobiography And A Fictional Archaeology Of Colonialism Dickensian A Brilliant New Prism Through Which To View Naipaul S Life And Work New York Times There was a cricket player, 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 me think of how the name could have gone to the islands, would it have been his father or his grandfather who had gone and settled in the West Indies, would they speak some form of Tamil at home, would there be idols of Ganesh Pillaiyar in Tamil in a pooja room and so on He carried a connection to me, a language that he would probably have never known, but the connection was there.
It is these connections that bubble up and disturb in what is one of the most brilliant books I ve ever read I must note that if such a book, so far away from the literary forms we know and recognize, would h Una de esas etiquetas f ciles y gen ricas, con las que se suelen cocinar art culos en las p ginas culturales, cuelgan sobre la rechoncha cabeza de Sir Vidia Naipaul la del narrador del colonialismo o el poscolonialismo Basta con echar un vistazo a obras como La m scara de frica, una expedici n por diversos pa ses de frica, para comprobar que no es tan as En verdad comparte un n cleo con su amirado Joseph Conrad si en la obra del polaco se explora con asiduidad el tema de la barbarie contra la civilizaci n, ese tema en Naipaul adopta el aspecto de tradiciones contra modernidad Vale decir que en Un camino en el mundo el tema del colonialismo se toca de forma bastante clara y frontal En los primeros cap tulos Naipaul nos explica la vida de un joven funcionario en la sociedad colonial, su singular composici n social y su efervescente 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 Naipaul s talent shines, but unfortunately they seem deeply flawed to me by the writer s perspective on race Not only has Naipaul made some outrageous comments on Muslims and women, who have little of a role in this book in public, I also perceived A Way in the World as fraught with racial stereotypes or at least perspectives on race that don t seem really egalitarian Combined with the personal, memoire like style of the book interspersed with fragments of short stories this doesn t make the author appear very likable.
Had not read Naipul in years Found myself somewhere that had a tattered paperback Picked it up and read it through quickly The work is uneven and not what I d consider Naipul s best Two of the chapters are subtitled An Unwritten Story The second story seems to be an outline of a novel intended to stand on its own, but there are many gaps combined with repetition and the plot drags However, I was intrigued by Naipul s characterization of Christopher Columbus, Walter Raleigh and Francisco de Miranda as confidence artists and grifters The last of whom I knew nothing about before reading the novel.
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Naipaul hm Like almost all nobel price 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 masque of Africa and Islammic Journey and I must admit, its always similar you have to struggle in the first 100 pages, because the writer is overwhelming you with personal details you would like to spare yourself No, I am not interested to know EVERY detail of Naipauls life and his impressions of the people who surrounded him A little bit of this is fine but please don t make it fill 20 pages His overall theme seems to be globalization, the displacement of People who are from a colonial background and colonialism in itself themes I am very interested in But reading one of Naipauls books means you have to support every detail of Mr Naipauls opinion about a lot of t I read this book about 12 13 years ago for a graduate class, but promptly forgot about it probably 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 used 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 ponderous at times I couldn t have been mistaken The book is riveting, original, fascinating, and perhaps 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 unique is its form no longer interested in writing novels, Naipaul creates his own form, a quasi memoir, travelogue, history that takes places in various places, lands, and times, yet is all connected through his own voice and character The book opens with his memories of Trinidad, working

Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarshi