Between Father and Son: Family Letters
At seventeen, V.S. Naipaul wanted to "follow no other profession" but writing. Awarded a scholarship by the Trinidadian government, he set out to attend Oxford, where he was encountered a vastly different world from the one he yearned to leave behind. Separated from his family by continents, and grappling with depression, financial strain, loneliness, and dislocation, "Vido" bridged the distance with a faithful correspondence that began shortly before the young man's two-week journey to England and ended soon after his father's death four years later.
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Between father and son: family lettersUser Review - Book Verdict
In 1949, at age 17, Naipaul left Trinidad for Oxford University. Here, Aitken has collected Naipaul's correspondences with his family from those years. The letters provide a lively account of Naipaul's evolution as a writer--"I am afraid I have become a writer," he declares at one point--but they also reveal him to be an eccentric, arrogant, and self-absorbed malcontent. He chastises his older sister and his parents for their faults, demands money from them, and boasts of his successes as a writer without mentioning or acknowledging family tragedies. In a postscript, Aitken also reprints a few later letters in which Naipaul celebrates the publication of his first novel and starts hinting at larger issues. "I don't see myself fitting into the Trinidad way of life," he writes. "I think I shall die if I had to spend the rest of my life in Trinidad." Still, only libraries needing a complete collection of Naipaul's writings will want to purchase this; otherwise, not recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/99.]--Henry L. Carrigan Jr., Lancaster, OH ...
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After Alice Munro was awarded with the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, I came across "Between Father and Son" from VS Naipaul, another Nobel Prize winner. From his work, this particular title caught ...