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V.S. Naipaul


Born
in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
August 17, 1932

Died
August 11, 2018

Genre

Influences


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 scholarship to study abroad. In the introduction to the 20th-anniversary edition of A House for Mr. Biswas, he reflected that the scholarship would have allowed him to study any subject at any institution of higher learning in the British Commonwealth, but that he chose to go to Oxford to do a simple degree in English. He went, he wrote, "in order at last to
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“The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.”
V. S. Naipaul, In a Free State

“The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.”
V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

“Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.”
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Polls

March 2018 New School

 
  67 votes, 18.6%

The Castle by Franz Kafka, 316 pgs, 1926
 
  42 votes, 11.6%

My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 232 pgs, 1918
 
  35 votes, 9.7%

 
  29 votes, 8.0%

 
  25 votes, 6.9%

Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons, 233 pgs, 1932
 
  21 votes, 5.8%

 
  21 votes, 5.8%

The Wreath by Sigrid Undset, 305 pgs, 1920
 
  21 votes, 5.8%

 
  18 votes, 5.0%

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham, 379 pgs, 1945
 
  14 votes, 3.9%

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pgs, 1956
 
  14 votes, 3.9%

 
  11 votes, 3.0%

 
  11 votes, 3.0%

 
  9 votes, 2.5%

 
  8 votes, 2.2%

The Fixer by Bernard Malamud, 335 pgs, 1966
 
  4 votes, 1.1%

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, 688 pgs, 1933
 
  4 votes, 1.1%

 
  4 votes, 1.1%

Martin Eden by Jack London, 480 pgs, 1909
 
  3 votes, 0.8%

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