From the Publisher
In 1950, after winning a scholarship from the government of
Trinidad, V. S. Naipaul, aged seventeen, left home for the first
time. Following a two-week journey by steamer, he arrived in
Oxford, England, a world utterly removed from the one he had longed
to escape and to which he would never really return. This
extraordinary collection of letters gives us, as nothing published
previously has, an intimate view of Naipaul''s formative years.
It is a story of family members oceans apart, clinging to one
another against the sadness of dislocation and isolation: The young
Naipaul, desperate not for a degree but to become a writer and make
his way in the world. His beloved sister Kamla, anxious and
bewildered, away at school in India. And his melancholy but loving
father, whose own broken dream of succeeding as a writer would be
realized in the singular achievement of his son.
With the satisfactions of a novel, Between Father and
Son portrays a deeply affecting family drama, even as it
bears witness to the flowering of one of the great literary
geniuses of the century.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
V. S. NAIPAUL was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a
scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College,
Oxford, he began to write, and since then he has followed no other
profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and
non-fiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas,
A Bend in the River and A Turn in the
South, and a collection of letters, Between Father
and Son. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307401480
ISBN - 13: 9780307401489