V.S. Naipaul is a “slug”
At least according to fellow Booker Prize winner Keri Hulme. Naipaul seems to have gotten himself into a bit of a row when he proclaimed in an interview with the Guardian that he did not consider any woman writer to be his literary equal saying “I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not, I think [it is] unequal to me.” Naipaul even goes so far as to single out Jane Austen of all people.
Actually Hulme did not stop at slug, ripping into Naipaul saying he was a “misogynist prick whose works are dying… As he ages, his nasty behaviours – and judgements- become ever more wince-making. Many thousand women writers both outrank, and will out-survive, this slug”
Nothing better than literary boxing eh? You can catch round 2 of this bout at Caesar’s Palace, next month.