Wednesday, July 15
V. S. Naipaul - Guerrillas (1975)
Paul Theroux: "It is hard for the reviewer of a wonderful author to keep the obituarist's assured hyperbole in check, but let me say that if the silting-up of the Thames coincided with a freak monsoon, causing massive flooding in all parts of South London, the first book I would rescue from my library would be 'A House for Mr. Biswas,' by V. S. Naipaul. Apart from anything else, it would be immensely helpful when the water subsided, since it is one of the century's best fictional examples of a householder struggling against unfriendly conditions in a village--'a place that was nowhere, a dot on the map of the island, which was a dot on the map of the world.' The island is Trinidad, where Naipaul was born in 1932, and he has written about it with insight and compassion in many of his thirteen books."
2012 February: V. S. Naipaul, 2013 February: A Bend in the River (1979).