V. S. Naipaul, the Nobel-Prize winner born in Trinidad and Tobago turned 77 yesterday, August 17. Naipaul was the object of intense media scrutiny this past year following the publication of Patrick French’s award-winning visceral exploration of the author’s life, The World Is What It is. Naipaul, who has been in South Africa in recent months researching his new book, got a bit of a birthday present from an article in Australia’s The Monthly. In a discussion of the Man Booker Prize, for which Naipaul was nominated but whicn went to Alice Munro, Delia Falconer writes of Naipaul’s A House for Mr Biswas: “I would argue that the humanity of Naipaul’s A House for Mr Biswas, whose pace seems to reflect the span of a life itself, outweighs any lapses in his oeuvre.”
The article can be found at http://www.themonthly.com.au/arts-letters-delia-falconer-brought-booker-man-booker-international-1775
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