The World Is What It Is (Google eBook)
The first major biography of V.S. Naipaul, the controversial and enigmatic Nobel laureate: a stunning writer whose only stated ambition was greatness, in pursuit of which goal nothing else was sacred.
Beginning in rich detail in Trinidad, where Naipaul was born into an Indian family, Patrick French skillfully examines Naipaul’s life within a displaced community and his fierce ambition at school. He describes how, on scholarship at Oxford, homesickness and depression struck with great force; the ways in which Naipaul’s first wife helped him to cope and their otherwise fraught marriage; and Naipaul’s struggles throughout subsequent uncertainties in England, including his twenty-five-year-long affair.
Naipaul’s extraordinary gift—producing, uniquely, masterpieces of both fiction and nonfiction—is most of all born of a forceful, visionary impulse, whose roots French traces with a sympathetic brilliance and devastating insight.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Wilhelm_Weber - LibraryThing
Unpretentious and yet fascinating as the world of a brilliant, small son of Indian migrants comes to terms - or does he? - with the world as he sees it. Not only does it open windows to the old ... Read full review
Review: The World is What it Is: The Authorized Biography of VS NaipaulUser Review - Greta Nettleton - Goodreads
Author Patrick French has created a tour de force portrait of a great writer whose worldly success and emotional vulnerabilities eventually combined to push him off the deep end as a human being. I ... Read full review
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SEVENTEEN With the Aid ofa Cutlass Blade
NINETEEN England and Argentina
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TWENTYTHREE Undoing My SemiColons
TWENTYFIVE The Second Lady Naipaul