A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness is Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily . An Area of Darkness has ratings and 98 reviews. Paul said: O my God, did V S Naipaul get out of bed the wrong side every single day of his life? Hi. 19 Jul V. S Naipaul has always been a controversial figure. The Area of Darkness, when it was published in , created an uproar among Indians.

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It had become the centre of my world vss I had worked hard to come to afea. But it’s entertaining to catch him here in his younger days. I, when reading the book found myself saying that he bordered on cruelty in some of his descriptions. A year spent in India naipauk the early 60’s, by Naipaul – born in Trinidad to parents of Indian heritage – his grandfather emigrated to Trinidad. First of all, the reason why Naipaul in An Area of Darkness is an unreliable narrator is paradoxically his scrupulous honesty.

Vs naipaul an area of darkness entire experience is a deeply personal one — and Naipaul himself behaves like a rather fussy, ungenerous foreign-returned guy he was just about 30 years old who criticises the loss of his ‘imagined world’ without bothering to delve into vs naipaul an area of darkness reasons for it.

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Almost every modern refrain seems to have been, as it were, carried down unaltered from an earlier age. Naipaul had certain expectations and a faint picture from his childhood memories about his ancestral land.

The book is realistic but sympathetic. In short, be forewarned, to read this book is to be vs naipaul an area of darkness into a brilliant dew-dropped web in the centre of which lurks a quivering, poisonous, alienated spider. The form of their culture and religious practices. What he saw in has seldom changed after almost fifty years. An Area Of Darkness. An Area Of Darkness!


The result may be the most elegant and passionate book ever written about the subcontinent. They continue to be escapists.

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For vs naipaul an area of darkness reader the travelogue’s strength, with its many, acutely perceptive insights, hinged on how much emotionally was at stake for Naipaul.

He was being metaphorical. The Area of Darkness, when dsrkness was published increated an uproar among Indians and was intensely criticised for its unkind, deriding and supercilious view vs naipaul an area of darkness India. Of course the India of over a half century ago is different from today’s, but in these pages we learn darknsss lot about what it means to be human and about what we take for granted as “human” that is more cultural. Looking for More Great Reads?

The picture surely is not complete and lacks many facades of India. He thinks that those ideas and traditions are decaying Indian society for generations:. In particular his descriptions of the people he comes across are a delight. Jun 12, Pooja Wanpal rated it it was ok. He sees the beggars and the shameless pundits and the filth of Banaras naipqul he sees the atrocious sanitary habits of doctors, lawyers and journalists.

Naipaul holds nothing back and throughout remains committed to absolute honesty, reminiscent of Rousseau in his Confessions but, one assumes, staying somewhat closer to actual facts ; which in turn makes it possible for the reader to see just are much this account am India is coloured by the person narrating it.

It can vs naipaul an area of darkness us feel bad if we allow it to. Naipaul succeeds in being the unsentimental observer. But they are part of the development of a country’s spirits. Also, I presume had I bothered reading this whilst I was actually doing my Post-Colonial Literature coursework, I might have done slightly better than a Desmond because there’s plenty of theoretical meat concerning the Indian reaction and absorbtion to the English and vice versa to get your teeth into.

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For all his genius, he also remains a vilified figure in India and not without reason. It is an emotional travelogue written during his first visit to India in Or so he thought.

An Area of Darkness

Apart from his need for a clear gaze and prose, he is a caricaturist too. But one is moved to accept it.

Jan 28, Ray rated it it was amazing. Atitudes, norms,values and customs have had alot to do with the many problems she faces today. Jun 09, Sandhya rated it it was ok. So this is a personality, who has lived in two extremes of the world and who is discovering a diverse country like India for the very first time. Traveling from the bureaucratic morass of Bombay to the ethereal beauty of Kashmir, from a sacred ice cave in the Himalayas to an abandoned areea near Madras, Naipaul encounters a dizzying cross-section of humanity: His insights into his subjects are limited.

The book, although picturesque in some points is extremely bleak and really justifies Naipaul’s famed ability to stare at reality vs naipaul an area of darkness the face, and not flinch. The episode at the end, when daekness visits his forebears’ village, is hauntingly nai;aul vs naipaul an area of darkness, like the rest of the book, not quite dsrkness we expect!

Instead he points out, how the great ideas and concepts of religions have wrongly ingrained into the society. Picador 22 March