A Turn in the South

A Turn in the South

by V. S. Naipaul, V. S. Naipaul
     
 

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In the tradition of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his own in Among The Believers, A Turn In The South, his first book about the United States, is a revealing, disturbing, elegiac book about the American South — from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.  See more details below

Overview

In the tradition of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his own in Among The Believers, A Turn In The South, his first book about the United States, is a revealing, disturbing, elegiac book about the American South — from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Naipaul's chapters honor the diversity that marks the South.... Conservatives and liberals, whites and blacks, men and women speak for themselves, and reveal the dark side of the story in their own ways...fascinating and revealing." — Eugene D. Genovese, New Republic

"His writing is clean and beautiful, and he has a great eye for nuance.... No American writer could achieve [his] kind of evenhandedness, and it gives Naipaul's perceptions an almost built-in originality." — Atlantic Monthly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Naipaul portrays the American South as a strange mixture of self-reliance and community, desperation and playfulness,'' wrote PW . coffey/i like your changes/ok i suppose since the quote is ours?/pk ``Part travelogue, part oral history, this ruminative ramble permits Naipaul to depict the South as only an `outsider' could, with wonderment and multiple cross-cultural references.'' (Feb.)
Library Journal
In this work, parts of which orginally appeared in the New Yorker, noted essayist and novelist Naipaul travels the American South in an attempt to explore and explain this unique region. Stopping at places as diverse as Atlanta and rural Mississippi, Naipaul develops contacts and sources which span race, class, and sex. He admits that at the start of his journey he had no central theme. And, indeed, at the end, no clear ``mind'' of the South emerges. Rather, the South seems infinitely varied in outlook and attitude, vaguely unified only by a common past that tends to emphasize a sense of order, reverence for ``the land,'' and intense religious faith. Because of a perhaps necessary lack of focus, this will not be easy reading for everyone. But Naipaul's insights--and those of the Southerners he talks to--are penetrating enough to make this a valuable addition to most libraries.-- Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679724889
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1990
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
1st Vintage international ed
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
275,841
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Meet the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He has published more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, The Enigma of Arrival and An Area of Darkness. He lives in Wiltshire, England. He was knighted in 1990 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Wiltshire, England
Date of Birth:
August 17, 1932
Place of Birth:
Chaguanas, Trinidad
Education:
Queen's Royal College, Trinidad, 1943-48; B.A., University College, Oxford, 1953

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