V.S.Naipaul 1932-2018

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Mr. Stone and the Knights Companion is still out of print.

This is the 1977 Penguin edition: https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Stone-Knig.../dp/0140037128
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V.S Naipaul RIP at the age of 85

Sir V.S Naipaul, the Trinidadian of Indian ancestry, passed away in London.


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He was a walking sack of contradictions, in some ways the archetypal writer of the shifting and migratory 20th century. His life was a series of journeys between old world and new. He was a cool and sometimes snappish mediator between continents. Indian by descent, Trinidadian by birth, Naipaul attended Oxford and lived in London, where he came to wear elegant suits and move in elite social circles. “When I talk about being an exile or a refugee I’m not just using a metaphor,” he said. “I’m speaking literally.”


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Naipul tenía fama de ser directo y contundente en sus declaraciones y en su día no tuvo reparo alguno en afirmar que la literatura contemporánea en castellano no tiene interés y que los escritores latinoamericanos son culpables de "negligencia intelectual". De un escritor español como Pío Baroja dijo que su Zalacaín el aventurero es "una auténtica tontería" y del argentino Jorge Luis Borges afirmó: "Su poesía es de escape. Ensalza el pasado con falsedades. Debería reconocer que su historia es escuálida".
EL Pais: Muere el escritor y premio Nobel de Literatura V.S. Naipaul

He was amongst just a handful of renowned writers, who was controversial to say the least. He was also rude, and blunt. RIP !
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Didn't think much of him before I read Million. Then I realized what he was about..
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It says something when the two sharpest tacks in the box report a person's demise, RIP indeed.
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Never figured why Paul Theroux waged a vicious campaign against Naipaul. He reconciled and patched up with the noble laureate just a couple of years ago, though.
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Originally Posted by surya2015 View Post Never figured why Paul Theroux waged a vicious campaign against Naipaul...
From what we read, Theroux found in a used book shop a volume he'd given to Naipaul as a present.
Walt Whitman - Song of Myself

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
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Read all about it here:




For Paul Theroux's essay on V.S.Naipaul which appeared in his collection Sunrise with Seamonsters (1986) click here and scroll down to page 91. The last two or three pages of the essay aren't available on the link.
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A pompous and self-important man who in later life liked to praise his own writing. I saw him once on TV and he was irritated, uncomfortable, condescending, a clearly insecure little man. But some of his work was superb.

I did read "Sir Vidia's Shadow", and while I don't care for details of personal tiffs, there's a lot interesting details in it.
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Originally Posted by hfot2 View Post From what we read, Theroux found in a used book shop a volume he'd given to Naipaul as a present.
He also bad-mouthed Paul, in polite gatherings. He was mean even to the dead. Shameful character, that he was, he wrote a mean mealy-mouthed Obit of Nirad C Chaudhari.

His rudeness and gruff personality took a lot of beaning when he became wheelchair bound and extremely vulnerable.
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V.S.Naipaul 1932-2018

I have badmouthed Paul many times... for misrepresenting Jesus.

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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I have badmouthed Paul many times... for misrepresenting Jesus...
Explain, please.
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(Saint) Paul?
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This is just layering confusion upon confusion. Now you have to explain (Saint) Paul. But I'm not sure IM runs to hagiography, does it?
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We run to anything. And never mind the quality: feel the width!
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That reminds me of Saint Jack by Paul Theroux.

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