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“A Tolstoyan spirit.... The so-called Third World has produced no more brilliant literary artist.” — John Updike
“Naipaul is a master of English prose.” — J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books
“V. S. Naipaul has a substantial claim as a comic writer.... This humor, conducted throughout with the utmost stylistic quietude, is completely original.” — Kingsley Amis, The Spectator
“Mr. Naipaul travels with the artist’s eye and ear and his observations are sharply discerning.” — Evelyn Waugh
“For sheer abundance of talent there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul. [He is] the world’s writer, a master of language and perception.” — The New York Times Book Review
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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