Words Naipaul uses to describe the work of other writers in this book: "Unwieldy", "ponderous", "overstated", "over-written", "shallow", "minor", "vain and mad".
the fishermen rowing homeward in the dusk are not aware of the stillness through which they move
(I pescatori di ritorno all'imbrunire non hanno coscienza del silenzio dentro cui si muovono).
trovo che siano bellissimi, e profumano delicatamente di Virgilio.
tacitae per amica silente lunae. i critici ancora si interrogano se la notte in cui gli achei sorprendono i troiani c'era o non c'e ...more
Otherwise, he does here serious harm to Anthony Powell's life-work, calls A Passage to India w/o meaning, destroys Flaubért's Salammbô, and educates about the making of Mahatma Gandhi.
Salim, a little known author of a book called Jeevan Darshan, leaves India and goes to Surinam back in the early 20th century. 20 years later a young Indian from South Africa returns to India with a vision of his own. Naipaul encounters a mattress-maker in the ancestral home of his grandmother in Tr ...more
Don't get me wrong, book is very readable, I finished it in a day. But when I picked it, it expected to learn about writing, a writer's influences and so on. The book focuses on how a writer's outlook can ...more
However, as he ages, Naipaul is not able to bring back his brilliance which was easy to see in his younger years. This book has some summary dismissals which do not do any good to him as a ...more
Critics have always, understandably, had a difficult time separating V. S. Naipaul's personality from his work, and the author's arrogance and solipsism often come under fire, particularly when he attacks fellow writers. For example, in an essay on fellow Nobel laureate and Trinidadian Derek Walcott, Naipaul questions his countryman's recent output. As the Philadelphia Inquirer points out, however, Naipaul "blithely ignores the fact that the same point has been made about his own work." A good m...more
But the Flaubert portion of this writing baffles me. It seems to be him summarizing Flaubert's Salammbô in order to illustrate why it doesn't equal the brilliance of Madame Bovary.
A detailed summary as a criticism? odd.
'A Writer's People' traces the life and literary output of a dozen of writers - of note or not - that have somehow stuck in Naipaul's mind: it ranges from Trinidad's authors I didn't know about to household name like Gandhi or Flaubert. Usually, this sort of exercises turns ...more
This had been an education in itself, training me out of my old idea that poetry dealt in declamation and obvious beauty: s ...more
Very interesting interpretation of Flaubert's work and the always intriguing "eye on India" with emphasis on Gandhi's path as a political and "far from ethereal" spiritual leader
As with all his works, a great deal of pleasure is to be taken from SOME of what he writes here; it is a shame he had to spoil the book with unprofessional- at the very least unbecoming- remarks.
At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarshi ...more