Quotes by: V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul
VS Naipaul in Dhaka in 2016
Born Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul[nb 1]
(1932-08-17) 17 August 1932 (age 84)
Chaguanas, Caroni County, Trinidad and Tobago
Occupation Novelist, travel writer, essayist
Nationality Trinidadian and Tobagonian, British
Ethnicity Brahmin, Awadhi/Bihari, Nepali Madhesi/Bahun,[1] Indo-Trinidadian, Indo-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean British
Genre Novel, essay
Notable works A House for Mr Biswas
In a Free State
A Bend in the River
The Enigma of Arrival
Notable awards Booker Prize
Nobel Prize in Literature
Spouse Patricia Ann Hale Naipaul (1955–96, her death) Nadira Khannum Alvi Naipaul (1996–present)

Trinidad may seem complex, but to anyone who knows it, it is a simple, colonial, philistine society.
V. S. Naipaul
I grew up in a small place and left it when I was quite young and entered the bigger world.
V. S. Naipaul
In England I am not English, in India I am not Indian. I am chained to the 1,000 square miles that is Trinidad; but I will evade that fate yet.
V. S. Naipaul
In Trinidad, where as new arrivals we were a disadvantaged community, that excluding idea was a kind of protection; it enabled us - for the time being, and only for the time being - to live in our own way and according to our own rules, to live in our own fading India.
V. S. Naipaul
My grief is that the publishing world, the book writing world is an extraordinary shoddy, dirty, dingy world.
V. S. Naipaul
I always knew who I was and where I had come from. I was not looking for a home in other people's lands.
V. S. Naipaul
I had no student friends to talk to about literature. My tutor was a really nice man, very charming - but he had no literary judgment.
V. S. Naipaul
I have trusted to my intuition to find the subjects, and I have written intuitively. I have an idea when I start, I have a shape; but I will fully understand what I have written only after some years.
V. S. Naipaul
Some writers can only deal with childhood experience, because it's complete. For another kind of writer, life goes on, and he's able to keep processing that as well.
V. S. Naipaul
If writers just sit and talk about oppression, they are not going to do much writing.
V. S. Naipaul
We made no inquiries about India or about the families people had left behind. When our ways of thinking had changed, and we wished to know, it was too late. I know nothing of the people on my father's side; I know only that some of them came from Nepal.
V. S. Naipaul
What I felt was, if you spend your life just writing fiction, you are going to falsify your material. And the fictional form was going to force you to do things with the material, to dramatize it in a certain way. I thought nonfiction gave one a chance to explore the world, the other world, the world that one didn't know fully.
V. S. Naipaul
Whenever I have had to write fiction, I've always had to invent a character who roughly has my background.
V. S. Naipaul
When I learnt to write I became my own master, I became very strong, and that strength is with me to this very day.
V. S. Naipaul
It was a good place for getting lost in, a city no one ever knew, a city explored from the neutral heart outward, until after many years, it defined itself into a jumble of clearings separated by stretches of the unknown, through which the narrowest of paths had been cut.
V. S. Naipaul

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