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Sunday, March 18, 2007

V.S. Naipaul...

I picked up "Vintage Naipaul" as a way of introduction to this prolific writer. I have "The Writer and the World" on my stack of books to read but I will probably won't get to it until next year. So, I retract to the world of fiction again after my most intense clash with philosophy since my undergrad days. I am conceding that the streak of philosophy hit me hard.

Some of the selections in "Vintage Naipaul" include "A House for Mr. Biswas" which I am totally devouring at the present, and is one of the most perfectly crafted pieces of fiction I have read this year. There are some fine passages here about Biswas' emotional state, and the pressures to provide for his family, etc. This story reminds me of my father and the crisis of 1979 (a family secret).

Here's a list of other titles awaiting inclusion. Have you read any of these, please leave a comment telling me about it.

The Dream Life of Sukhanov, by Olga Grushin
The Double, by Jose Saramago
A Heartbreaking Work of a Staggering Genius, by Dave Eggers
What I loved, by Siri Hustvedt
Glory, by Vladimir Nabokov
Vineland, by Thomas Pynchon

These are not presently on my reading list but I want to motivate myself and see if I can get to them this year.

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At 11:36 PM, Blogger jenclair said...

I thoroughly enjoyed A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius when I read it a couple of years ago.

At 5:09 AM, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Lovely, JCR!
Naipaul so holds my admiration.
Just go with the flow of your spirit.
Break the rules now and then. :-)

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Dorothy W. said...

I liked the Eggers book too, although he's apparently not all tha tpopular among a lot of litbloggers. But I loved it. And I'm interested in reading Mr. Biswas someday; I've got it on my shelves.

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Amelia said...

I've never read a work by Naipaul, so maybe I should follow your lead and pick up the Vintage Naipaul. It seems like you're really enjoying this author.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger brad.reader said...

I too enjoyed Eggers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. I haven't read his other books, although I did recently purchase What is the What.


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