In a vastly innovative novel, Nobel Prize winner V. S. Naipaul intertwines memory and history to create what is at once an autobiography and an ambitious fictional archaeology of colonialism. Spanning continents and centuries and defying literary categories, A Way in the World tells intersecting stories whose protagonists include the disgraced and half-demented Sir Walter Raleigh who seeks El Dorado in the New World; the nineteenth-century insurgent Francisco Miranda, who becomes entangled in his own fantasies and borrowed ideas; and the doomed Blair, a present-day Caribbean revolutionary stranded in East Africa. Among these presences is a narrator who bears a telling resemblance to Naipaul himself: a Trinidadian writer of Indian ancestry and English residence boldly trying to come to terms with the mystery and transience that is his inheritance.
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by V.S. Naipaul
by Nevil Shute
"The death of Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul this past year at age 85 has occasioned the release of a series of audiobook versions of his important works, several of them, including this one, memorably narrated by Simon Vance. Vance is the very expression of the voice we hear when we read Naipaul: measured, judicious, worldly-wise. This particular collection, although in print sometimes subtitled "A Sequence" or "A Novel," is neither fiction nor autobiography, history nor reportage; it falls into the looser category of "reflections" or "miscellany." The variety of topics and prose forms makes this a good starting point for listeners new to Naipaul's work, and Vance's balanced, expertly paced delivery conveys as well the passion and conviction that underlie Naipaul's marvelous prose. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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