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“This is India. I don’t know any other book that comes so near to capturing the whole crazy spectrum. . . . Brilliant.” –John Wain, The Observer
“His narrative skill is spectacular. One returns with pleasure to the slow hand-in-hand revelation of both India and himself. . . . There is a kind of displaced person who has a better sense of place than anybody: Mr. Naipaul is an outstanding example.” –The Times (London)
“[Naipaul’s] penetrating, opinionated travel writing . . . makes up a remarkable running commentary on the clash of civilizations.” –The New York Times
Posted February 4, 2001
Though this book was written around 1963-64, the situation has only marginally improved and the beauty of the book lies in the fact that naipaul has so correctly understood and analysed the mentality of indians,be it the dishonest businessman of madras or a stupid kashmiri. be it shaikh abdulla making a fool of everyone or those thoroughly corrupt and shamelessly lazy indian govt. employes. The narration is smooth and content is simply magnificant. this is truly a collector's item.
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Posted August 10, 2011
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