Books by V. S. Naipaul and Complete Book Reviews

V. S. Naipaul, Author Random House (NY) $27.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-375-50118-0
In this spiritual travelogue, novelist and essayist Naipaul picks up where he left off in his earlier Among the Believers (1981). Whereas in that earlier work he focused primarily on his own stories of his encounters with the revolutionary potential
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V. S. Naipaul, Author , read by Aasif Mandvi. Recorded Books $29.99 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4193-0000-4
Mandvi turns in a soft, reserved performance of Naipaul's novel about idealism, revolution and self-discovery. The book follows on the heels of Naipaul's Half a Life , continuing the story of Willie Chandron, the product of a mixed-caste...
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V. S. Naipaul, Author Knopf Publishing Group $23 (380p) ISBN 978-0-394-56478-4
Billed by the publisher as Naipaul's first novel since The Enigma of Arrival in 1987, this can really be regarded as fiction only by the most extremely elastic definition. It is in fact a series of extended essays, meditations and dramatized...
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V. S. Naipaul, Author Viking Books $24.95 (528p) ISBN 978-0-670-83702-1
Trinidadian journalist-novelist Naipaul stresses that much has changed since his 1962 trip to India, which yielded his darkly pessimistic book India: A Wounded Civilization. In this kaleidoscopic, layered travelogue, he portrays ``a country of a...
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V.S. Naipaul, Knopf, $26.95 (256p) ISBN 978-0-307-27073-3
In this elegiac spiritual return to a landscape he once inhabited in 1966, Nobel Prize–winning author Naipaul (A Writer's People) spirals outward from the central African country of Uganda, to Nigeria, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Gabon, and concluding...
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V. S. Naipaul, Author . Knopf $24 (224p) ISBN 978-0-375-40737-6
V.S. Naipaul has often been accused of being ungenerous, especially in his scathing accounts of Third World countries. His slim new novel tacitly poses the question of the worth of generosity without clarity and purpose. Willie Chandran, the central
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V. S. Naipaul, Author Knopf Publishing Group $18.95 (307p) ISBN 978-0-394-56477-7
Naipaul toured the American South with an open mind and heart. He portrays the South as a strange mixture of self-reliance and community, desperation and playfulness; Southerners, whites especially, are a people still coming to terms with their past.
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V. S. Naipaul, Author . Knopf $24.95 (189p) ISBN 978-0-375-40738-3
The fascinating but not fully satisfying new book by Nobel prize-winner Naipaul is a curious collection. These five nonfiction pieces have no thematic through-line or argument, wandering instead through pockets of memoir, literary criticism, history
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V. S. Naipaul, Author . Knopf $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-375-40736-9
At the end of Half a Life , Naipaul's previous novel, Willie, a young Indian in late 1950s London, travels to Africa. At the beginning of his new novel, Willie is in Berlin with his bossy sister, Sarojini. It is 18 years later. Revolution has...
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V. S. Naipaul, Author Alfred A. Knopf $17.95 (354p) ISBN 978-0-394-50971-6
Discursive and ruminative, more like an extended essay than a novel, the intricately structured chapters in this highly autobiographical book reveal ""the writer defined by his . . . ways of seeing.'' Naipaul, in his own person, narrates a series of
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V. S. Naipaul, Author Vintage Books USA $4.95 (176p) ISBN 978-0-394-74090-4
In the essay, ""Prologue to an Autobiography,'' Naipaul recounts his beginnings as a writer and renders a touching portrait of his father. In ``The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro,'' a study of the Ivory Coast, he delineates two sections of the modern...
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V. S. Naipaul, Author, Pankaj Mishra, Editor , introduced and edited by Pankaj Mishra. Knopf $30 (544p) ISBN 978-0-375-40739-0
The election campaign is a recurring theme in this comprehensive collection of essays spanning four decades and scattered about the globe: India, Zaire, Grenada, Anguilla, the Americas. Civilization's sharpest tool for self-determination serves...
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V. S. Naipaul, Author, Pankaj Mishra, Editor, Michael Dibdin, Joint Author . Knopf $24 (224p) ISBN 978-0-375-41517-3
One imagines many readers are still absorbing The Writer and the World, Naipaul's magisterial collection of deeply opinionated global political reports and cultural meditations that was released last August, covering the last four decades of the
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V. S. Naipaul, Author, Gillon Aitken, Editor Alfred A. Knopf $26 (320p) ISBN 978-0-375-40730-7
The origin of this book seems to be in a letter from Seepersad Naipaul to young Vido (or Vidia): ""If you could write me letters about things and people--especially people--at Oxford, I could compile them in a book: Letters Between a Father and Son..
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