An Area of Darkness

An Area of Darkness

Book - 1995
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This text is a semi-autobiographical account of a year V.S. Naipaul spent in India. From his arrival in prohibition-dry Bombay, bearing whisky and cheap brandy, to his departure, Naipaul came to recognize a cultural estrangement from India. It became to him a land of myths, an area of darkness.
Publisher: London : Picador, 1995.
ISBN: 9780330341271
0330341278
Characteristics: 339 p. ;,19 cm.

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ClaireM_W
Feb 08, 2018

I love V. S. Naipal's writting - such beautifully expressed bitter reality. Nobel Prize Winner, Sir Vidiadhar, of Indian descent, born & raised in Trinidad, is at heart blindly loyal to no nation or creed. This particular book, from 1964, chronicles his first visit to India in hopes of finding his roots. (Odd for such an iconoclast to be so in sync with the zeitgeist of the times.) This is a merciless page -turner, I could not put it down, savouring every sentence. Lost hours of sleep, but so worth it.

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Jan 17, 2015

"A child was squatting in the mud of the street; the hairless, pink-skinned dog waited for the excrement. The child, big-bellied, rose; the dog ate."

And many other acute, shocking observations, and thoughtful reflection upon them - and upon himself.

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