2753 - Read and Discuss: V.S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux — A Friendship Across Five Continents
Theirs was among the most poisonous of literary feuds. V.S Naipaul, the recently deceased Nobel Prize-winning author, and his American protégé Paul Theroux fell out in a spectacularly bitter war of words after Naipaul sold some of Theroux's gifts at auction. The anger seethed for almost two decades ending in 2015 after Theroux praised one of Naipaul's most famous books at a literary festival in India, and compared the author to Charles Dickens. "What I was reading was a book which described an entire world," said Theroux, describing Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas. This 1961 novel, based on Naipaul's family childhood in Trinidad, and Theroux’s Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents (2000) will be our Read and Discuss focus. Active participation is a key ingredient for this reading experience.Facilitated Discussion
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