Thursday, March 30, 2006

Wrong side of the bed?

Though I haven't read any of his novels, I have a high regard for V.S. Naipaul. This is based on some good nonfiction I've read and the fact that his Nobel Prize banquet speech wasn't embarrassing like so many recent ones have been. But here, from a piece that's less than 500 words, he manages to crap on Hardy, Hemingway, Dickens, and Jane Austen. The top of the article also says he called Henry James the worst writer in the world, but I don't find that in the body of the text.

Where, when, and in what context he said these things I have no idea. I hate it when I read an article and come away knowing less than I did going into it, but it happens all too often. I still really want to read A House for Mr. Biswas, though.

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