Between Father and Son: Family Letters

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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  At seventeen, V.S. Naipaul wanted to "follow no other profession" but writing. Awarded a scholarship by the Trinidadian government, he set out to attend Oxford, where he was encountered a vastly different world from the one he yearned to leave behind. Separated from his family by continents, and grappling with depression, financial strain, loneliness, and dislocation, "Vido" bridged the distance with a faithful correspondence that began shortly before the young man's two-week journey to England and ended soon after his father's death four years later.
   Here, for the first time, we have the opportunity to read this profoundly moving correspondence, which illuminates with unalloyed candor the relationship between a sacrificing father and his determined son as the encourage each other to persevere with their writing.  For though his father's literary aspirations would go unrealized, Naipaul's triumphant career would ultimately vindicate his beloved mentor's legacy.




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BETWEEN FATHER AND SON: Family Letters

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This spirited, humane collection of letters from Naipaul's (Beyond Belief, 1998; etc.) second decade of life gathers the triangular exchanges between the young Oxford student, his father in Trinidad ... Read full review

Between father and son: family letters

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In 1949, at age 17, Naipaul left Trinidad for Oxford University. Here, Aitken has collected Naipaul's correspondences with his family from those years. The letters provide a lively account of Naipaul ... Read full review

Contents

VI
138
VII
168
t952Septem6er 28 1952
200
I
216
II
230
IX
245
POSTSCRIPT
274
BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PUBLISHED WORKS
288
III
292
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About the author (2007)

V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950.  After four years at Oxford he began to write, and since then he has followed no other profession.  He is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Booker Prize in 1971 and a knighthood for services to literature n 1990. He lives in Wiltshire, England.




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