The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse lAs changed and then finding exactly where But those are precisely the places you have to identify Because those are the places where the writer decides to add things or hide thingsThere were so many points that Iost interest in the book and thought about giving it up However From that point of the excerpt above to the end many of the narratives and characters were entertaining perhaps I was making a concerted effort to find the 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 interesting perspective to write from with his Indian heritage in Trinidad 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 masue 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 ike to spare yourself No I am not interested to know EVERY detail of Naipauls ife and his impressions of the people who surrounded him A Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: 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 aot of things irrelevant to me until you are allowed to have a glimpse on the overall theme of his book colonialism in this case mixed with a historical overview of the displaced persons that are heroes of this book Walter Raleigh Miranda Butler the revolutionary from Trinidad and some other ocal All of them interesting historical figures but I couldn t stand the way Naipaul presents them in ong The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved long dialogues ostentatively displaying all of his knowledge about them and making a big thing out of it Sometimes I got the impression that he had a book of notes that he never had used and now it was used to fill inocal details ike the smell of rain or the colour of cement It s not the insertion of these details that
Angered Me But The Way It Seems me but the way it seems be artfully introducedgiving his writing an artificial smell Yes there were positive sides to this book But they were so scarce that I had to mark them IN the book Thoughts about colonisation and the ffelings of people who ive in a colonized world the effects that this has on their personal feeling of the world And I earned something about the history of this part of the Caribbean Okay But I should rather have consulted Wikipedia instead of reading this bookI finished the book making a huge effort because I was rather inclined to put an end to reading at about page 220 I think this will be the ast one I ever read of him because it didn t get better but worser with every book I read from this author For the most part a sensational book although a ittle inconsistent It s a difficult book to categorize because it was part essay part historical and part 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 prose 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 Naipaul s talent shines but unfortunately they
Seem Deeply Flawed To Medeeply flawed to me the writer s perspective on race Not only has Naipaul made some outrageous comments on Muslims and women who have ittle of a role in this book in public I also perceived A Way in the World as fraught with racial stereotypes or at NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC least perspectives on race that don t seem really egalitarian Combined with the personal memoireike style of the book interspersed with fragments of short stories this doesn t make the author appear very The Wrong Side of the Bed likable. F colonialism Dickensian a brilliant new prism through which to view Naipaul'sife and work New York Time. I read this book about 12 13 years for a graduate class but promptly forgot about it probably because I didn t finish it It one of 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 it perhaps it s not a bedtime book Each chapter reads The Alvin Ho Super Collection: Books 1-4 like a self contained story butinked 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 Not a bad bookjust sort of scattered To borrow the authors own wordsthis book is a slippery piece of work You slip about and کاروان امید 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 Iearned a ot from the historical aspects of the novel There are four intersecting stories going on in
This Book And I Thinkbook and I think 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 ittle good The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... luck talent knowledge and prestige I alsoaughed when I read a ine 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 that pass 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 notsecond reading of this Naipaul gem I wonder if Naipaul s own forebears might not 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 social pecking order how that standing has altered over time whether someone is higher in repute fame success than they were in the past or ower 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 a pitiless 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 oud a ittle here and ask if my Naipaul The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way loving GR friends might have any insight into this aspect of his work Has anyone else marked this 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 Basedargely 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 engthy detailed description of time and place the richest part of the reading experience There was a cricket player a spinner called Naga. In his ong awaited vastly innovative new novel Naipaul one of iterature's great travelers Los Angles Tim.
read & download A Way in the World A NovelMootoo 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
of Ganesh Pillaiyar in Tamil in a room and so on He carried a connection to me a anguage that he would probably have never known but the connection was thereIt 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 iterary 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 pay attentionThe book is fiction non fiction and autobiography It is also Naipaul ooking at himself through different enses a sort of memoir Whatever it is it is infinitely beautiful as a portrait of a and and a peopleThere are several narratives in the book distinct and yet woven together ike the intricacies of post colonial West Indian society the Indian merchant settlers the African plantation slaves the fleeing aborigines the The Way of Women lost Chinese and of course the English and the Spanish The major narratives are factualfictional accounts of 1 Naipaul s own earlyife as a writer2 A fellow Trinidadian s of the eft eaning revolutionary variety ife and writing3 A fading but important to Naipaul English writer 4 Walter Raleigh whom see ooking for El Dorado in the Caribbean and failing 5 Francisco de Miranda whom we find trying to The Bravest Cat! liberate Spanish South America and failingEach of these narratives has only one thing in common the Caribbean and it is through thisens that we The Slammer: The Crisis In Canada's Prison System 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 flowike the old stream near the old estates in Port of Spain that Naipaul describes onely and cool and dazzling at the same time This was my first Naipaul and it has been a tumultuous initiation this is high class iteratureAt the end of the prelude there is this The Water in Between line Ioved 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 The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World 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 Prizeaureate 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 A Rapariga que Lia as Estrelas like a book that was cobbled together from thoughts Naipul had for otheronger works that he never worked out completely Each of the vignettes held so much promise but the way he executed the narrative The Color of My Words left me wanting or wondering what the real point wasWhen I got midway through the book it seemedike Naipul had put my own thoughtsreview about this piece into words which made me wonder if he too had second thoughts about the way he wrote this piece and maybe tossed this gem in there to see if people were paying attentionPage 171 172 Even so I have read your book again and again It s a slippery piece of work if I can use that word You slip about you 84, Charing Cross Road lose your footing It s nice and easy and clear and brilliant for a number of pages and then suddenly you feel you ve not been paying 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 youose the drift of the narrative It s not easy noticing first of all that the writing Es spans continents and centuries to create what is at once an autobiography and a fictional archaeology .idols of ganesh pillaiyar in tamil in a