India A Million Mutinies Now (Paperback)
|Author: V. S. Naipaul|
A "New York Times "Notable Book
From the Publisher:
Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his journeys through his ancestral homeland, with a new preface by the author.
Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and passion for a country that is at once his and totally alien, India: A Million Mutinies Now relates the stories of many of the people he met traveling there more than fifty years ago. He explores how they have been steered by the innumerable frictions present in Indian society—the contradictions and compromises of religious faith, the whim and chaos of random political forces. This book represents Naipaul’s last word on his homeland, complementing his two other India travelogues, An Area of Darkness and India: A Wounded Civilization.
Naipaul's third book to deal with India is an optimistic look at the state of the country in the late 1980s. Returning after many years away to view India's economic and social achievements, Naipaul finds a new spirit of freedom and pride, even among the poor--whose situation, he emphasizes, is still desperate.
"[An] intricate, splendid and utterly memorable book." - Janette Turner Hospital 12/30/90 New York Times
"At times one wishes Mr. Naipaul would put more of himself into the book--give the reader the benefit of his dazzling reportorial skills and sharp historical mind. That he so seldom imposes himself on the narrative, however, seems entirely willful. It's as though he wanted to let his subjects address the reader directly without the moralizing scrim of an intermediary intelligence; it's as though he decided to try to suspend his own judgments, fears and perceptions. The result is a volume that creates a sympathetic portrait of life in contemporary India, a volume that is softer and less distinctive than the author's earlier books, if decidedly more compassionate." - Michiko Kakutani 12/27/1990