A Way in the World by V. S. Naipaul audiobook

A Way in the World: A Novel

By V. S. Naipaul
Read by Simon Vance

Blackstone Publishing 9780679761662
11.69 Hours Unabridged
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In a vastly innovative novel, Nobel Prize winner V. S. Naipaul intertwines memory and history to create what is at once an autobiography and an ambitious fictional archaeology of colonialism. Spanning continents and centuries and defying literary categories, A Way in the World tells intersecting stories whose protagonists include the disgraced and half-demented Sir Walter Raleigh who seeks El Dorado in the New World; the nineteenth-century insurgent Francisco Miranda, who becomes entangled in his own fantasies and borrowed ideas; and the doomed Blair, a present-day Caribbean revolutionary stranded in East Africa. Among these presences is a narrator who bears a telling resemblance to Naipaul himself: a Trinidadian writer of Indian ancestry and English residence boldly trying to come to terms with the mystery and transience that is his inheritance.

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Summary

In a vastly innovative novel, Nobel Prize winner V. S. Naipaul intertwines memory and history to create what is at once an autobiography and an ambitious fictional archaeology of colonialism.

Spanning continents and centuries and defying literary categories, A Way in the World tells intersecting stories whose protagonists include the disgraced and half-demented Sir Walter Raleigh who seeks El Dorado in the New World; the nineteenth-century insurgent Francisco Miranda, who becomes entangled in his own fantasies and borrowed ideas; and the doomed Blair, a present-day Caribbean revolutionary stranded in East Africa. Among these presences is a narrator who bears a telling resemblance to Naipaul himself: a Trinidadian writer of Indian ancestry and English residence boldly trying to come to terms with the mystery and transience that is his inheritance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dickensian…A brilliant new prism through which to view [Naipaul’s] life and work.” New York Times
“A bewitching piece of work by a mind at the peak of its abilities.” New York Times Book Review
“Memorably narrated by Simon Vance. Vance is the very expression of the voice we hear when we read Naipaul: measured, judicious, worldly-wise…Vance’s balanced, expertly paced delivery conveys as well the passion and conviction that underlie Naipaul’s marvelous prose.” AudioFile
“Naipaul’s mastery of his material is absolute, and his seemingly effortless, beautifully wrought prose carries the reader to the heart of the mysteries of human destiny.” Publishers Weekly
“Explore[s] the sources and implications of his feelings of rootlessness, the realities of the colonial experience, the impact of cultural displacement, and our need to belong…A work from a fine and thoughtful storyteller.” Library Journal
“Naipaul more than anybody else embodies what it means to be a writer.” Observer (London), praise for the author
“It is Naipaul’s uncanny ability to…uncover the raw wood beneath the highly polished veneers, that places his writing among the best in the English-speaking world.” Winnipeg Free Press, praise for the author
“For more than fifty years, V. S. Naipaul has been an important voice with his keen, often painfully blunt insights into modern cultures and societies…He has traveled and observed, producing a wealth of fiction and nonfiction about modern life that is as thought-provoking as it is engaging.” Edmonton Journal, praise for the author

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Author Bio: V. S. Naipaul

Author Bio: V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul (1932–2018) was the author of more than thirty books of fiction and nonfiction. His honors include the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Booker Prize, the Trinity Cross, and a knighthood for services to literature. He was named a finalist for the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for achievement in fiction. He was born in Trinidad in 1932 and went to Oxford on a scholarship in 1950.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English