The World Is What It Is

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 4, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 576 pages
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.

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What a shitbag! Naipaul thrives on being a controversialist. This is sage. The author finds the soft areas in our hypocrisies about race and nation states. Naipaul exploits such. Quoting Mr. French ... Read full review


ONE The New World
TWO In the Lion House
THREE Like Oliver Twist in the Workhouse
FOUR To the MOthI Country
FIVE De Porzu Hispaniensi in T rinirauls Insua
SIX I Love You My Dear Pat
EIGHT They Want Me 0 Know My Place
NINE Something Rich Like Chocolate
FQURTEEN Lovely IoguejustBougl1r
SEVENTEEN With the Aid ofa Cutlass Blade
NINETEEN England and Argentina
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TWENTYTHREE Undoing My SemiColons
TWENTYFIVE The Second Lady Naipaul
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PATRICK FRENCH was born in England in 1966 and studied literature at Edinburgh University. He is the author of Younghusband, Liberty or Death and Tibet, Tibet, and is a winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. The World Is What It Is won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize.

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