The Enigma of Arrival: A Novel in Five Sections
That idea of ruin and dereliction, of out-of-placeness, was something I felt about myself, attached to myself: a man from another hemis...more
So far, what I know of V.S. Naipul I got only from this book. His parents were from India who had migrated to the island of Trinidad ( with the other island nearby, Tobago, it completes the country of "Trinidad and Tobago" near Venezuela where the beauty queens are). Since this was before large oil and gas reserves were discovered there, ...more
The novel, divided into five parts begins wit ...more
The story is autobiographical, set mostly during the time that the author lived in a rented cottage on the Wiltshire estate of the recluse Stephen Tennant.
I was particularly drawn to the moving descriptions of the lives of the people in the area that Naipaul had contact with.
To be read slowly.
Jack and his garden, the owner of the manor one of Waugh’s bright young things now ...more
The prose is so measured and the descriptions so simple that you can be forgiven for getting bored until you grasp what Naipaul is doing. This is no accident. The prose perfectly f ...more
Here, Naipaul in his youthful naievete relates the circumstances that brought him to Wiltshire, England. But more so, in a sing-songing string o ...more
Naipaul, by most, if not all accounts, is not a nice man, perhaps even by many measures a bad one, mean, self-absorbed, and cursed with a bully’s violent temper. None of that, however, is a factor, even much of a presence here. There are brief m ...more
It's basically an autobiographical novel that focuses on the writer's existance in Salisbury, UK. He skips over the good parts.
The best part of it is a review on the back cover that: "like a computer game leads the reader on by a series of clues....." This is from 1987 so if you liked the Legend of Zelda or Mike Tyson's pu ...more
‘The Enigma of Arrival’ is much different from his other works. I don’t agree with the fiction classification of this work as its heavily auto biographical. The first section of the work was a masterclass on observation of a countryside and juxtaposing it with ruminations on ...more
"And then one afternoon it began to snow. Snow dusted the lawn in front of my cottage; dusted the bare branches of the trees; outlined disregarded things, outlined the empty, old-looking buildings around the lawn that I hadn’t yet paid attention to or fully taken in; so that piece by piece, w ...more
If you have not read any V.S. Naipaul then I recommend you ...more
Trinidad <\b> book around the world.
I’m going to power through and try to get as many of my Book around the World challenge as I can these 2 months as I can. ...more
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 events, beginning during a period of soul-healing in Wiltshire, circling back to the day of his departure from Trinidad in 1950 when he was 18, describing his time in London before he went up to Oxford, moving back to Trinidad a...more
The thing is, the story moves slowly, the pace matches the change of seasons, the succession of years //:o) .... and I wanted to adjust (and read it as slowly as itself it moves).
I personally disagree with what the author himself says in the end of ...more
At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarshi ...more