India: A Wounded Civilization
In 1964 V.S. Naipaul published An Area of Darkness, his semi-autobiographical account of a year in India. Two visits later, prompted by the Emergency of 1975, he came to write India: A Wounded Civilization, in which he casts a more analytical eye over Indian attitudes. In this work, he recapitulates and further investigates the feelings that the vast, mysterious and agonised continent has previously aroused in him. What he sees and what he hears - evoked so superbly and vividly in this book - only reinforce in him his conviction that India, wounded by a thousand years of foreign rule, has not yet found an ideology of regeneration.
'A devastating work' The Times
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Naipaul is perhaps not my cup of tea. He has knack of making the simplest of sentenses into the most obscure and confusing statement which fails to provide any meaning to the reader. Even after ... Read full review
India a wounded civilization, the book, really provides us a hawk-eye analysis of Indian traditionalism and lost ideologies at once. Many of the conformists and people who call themselves 'Gandhian' may get there sentiments hurt if read without a good amount of sense needed. A masterpiece that could prove a pathway for Indian youngsters to make up for the past. Highly recommended. should be read.