Friday, August 27, 2010

People of Interest: Sir V. S. Naipaul

In high school I was required to read  V.S. Naipaul's "A House for Mr. Biswas".  To me back then and now, the story of Mr. Biswas was the story of a man who's goal in life was to create a place and a space for himself. This story stayed at the back of my mind, hiding there for many years. Until, one day I was walking through a bookstore and happened across a copy of "The Mystic Masseur".

Which I thoroughly enjoyed. Why am I telling you all this? I wanted you to understand why I decided to pick Sir V.S. Naipaul for this Friday's post.

First of all I had no idea that he'd one the noble prize, or that he was knighted. I had no clue that "The Mystic Masseur" was made into a movie. I only knew that he was an Trinidadian novelist, whom I was compelled to read in high school. To me he was simply V.S. Naipaul, a West Indian Writer I've read and enjoyed.


David Cranmer said...

According to Wikipedia: In 2008, The Times ranked Naipaul seventh on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.

Impressive. Thanks for intoducing me to his work.

Lion-ess said...

The House for Mr Biswas is one of my fav novels. I went all through high school but only read it just before Lit CXC exam and we had to read it in Form 2 and 4. In 2008, I bought a copy, read it over and fell in love with the story.