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V. S Naipaul

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Originally published in 1964, this is the 29-year-old Naipaul's observations of his first journey to India, the land his grandfather came from. His previous books had been based on life in Trinidad, but this was to be a whole different story; the subcontinent was a mystery to the third-generation Indian, the receding source of the social peculiarities and religious rituals he felt so removed from when growing up in the Caribbean. The 'Traveller's Prelude' transports you directly to the scene, where Naipaul, leaving Greece, makes full use of all five senses as he ruminates on where the East starts, always alert to his exotic surroundings. Whether writing about the 'pink, inexperienced, timid and vulnerable' tourists besieged by horsecabs in the docks at Alexandria, or his first impressions of Bombay, and the mind-numbing paper-pushing and office-hopping required to carry out an apparently simple task, it's all wonderful stuff. For the first time in his life Naipaul looks no different from the faces in the crowd and he's unsure how to cope. This, combined with the sensory overload of his Indian experiences, leads to more incisive observations seldom aired in travel literature. It's a singular pleasure to read, both as a travel book and an autobiography, and many who labour in both those overworked fields would do well to consider Naipaul's craft, for the book has neither aged nor dated in the intervening decades. Both the writer and his subject - the vast subcontinent and its people at a time of transition - are considered in depth, and brought to life with all the nuances, notions and idiosyncrasies that set great writing apart from good. That so many travellers to India still read it and consider it essential some 40 years after its publication is testament to what is quite simply a brilliant book. (Kirkus UK)
In this work of autobiographical travel writing in India, the author desribes his encounter with a force in his life which shocked him into an awareness of a need for self-examination and self-explanation. V.S. Naipul has also written 13 works of fiction and won the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature.


Imprint: Picador
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: June 2002
Authors: V. S Naipaul
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 290
ISBN-13: 978-0-330-48716-0
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
Books > Biography > General
Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing
Books > Travel > Travel writing
Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday > Travel writing > General
Books > Travel > Travel writing > General
LSN: 0-330-48716-7
Barcode: 9780330487160

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