Friday, March 31, 2006

V.S. Naipaul does not like Hemingway, Austen, Joyce, Forster, Dickens, James...

Sir V.S. Naipaul gives delightful copy when he speaks of other writers. This newsitem from the BBC tells us of the writers he dislikes: Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Henry James ("the worst writer in the world") it also tells us the names of those he likes: H.G.Wells, Mark Twain, Harold Pinter.
He also speaks of how he never got the recognition he deserved in England ("England has not appreciated or acknowledged the work I have done." )
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And this is a link to the interview given to Farrukh Dhondy for The Literary Review. Interesting to note that he admires the Indian writer of English origin Ruskin Bond.

2 Comments:

Blogger Bodega Blue said...

Even when I don't agree with him I love every moment that Naipaul drops these literary bombs on the canon. It's healthy.

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