Nobel Prize-winner Naipaul continues Willie Chandran’s life story from Half a Life. After 18 years in Africa, Chandran is in Berlin with his more capable sister but ends up in India as part of an underground guerrilla movement and then in jail. Once out, he returns to London, a newly republished author – still in search of his true place in the world and his true self.
Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, January 6, 2005
Eleven essays capture almost a half-century of Nobel Prize-winning Naipaul’s literary life. The final essay, “Two Worlds,” which he begins and ends by invoking Proust, is the lecture he gave when accepting the Nobel Prize in 2001.
Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, September 26, 2003
The latest novel by this year’s Nobel Prize winner examines dislocation, tragic relationships, and the ultimately redemptive powers of love. Willie Chandran, born in India to a Brahmin who married down, immigrates to 1950s London in search of a literary life, but moves again to East Africa where he finally finds a sense of home – and self. Chandran’s story continues in Naipaul’s 2004 follow-up, Magic Seeds.