The World Is What It Is

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Author(s): Patrick French
Original Publish Date: Nov 04, 2008
Product Number: EB00169782
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307270351
Publisher: Vintage
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Description

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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