Mr. Stone And The Knights Companion

Naipaul, V. S.

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New York. 1964. Macmillan. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket With A Few Small Tear Marks On The Front Cover. 54. 160 pages. hardcover. Cover: Leonard Rosoman. keywords: August 17. inventory # 9086. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Anthony Powell has called V. S. Naipaul Britain’s ‘most talented and promising young writer’. Mr Stone and the Knights Companion is the first of Mr Naipaul’s books to turn away from his native West Indies and to deal with English characters in an English scene. In this novel he tells the story of Mr Stone’s last months before his retirement from his post as librarian in a large commercial firm. At such a time, however well regulated a man s life has been, he begins to feel a chill creeping in from the future. Mr Stone, whose life has been well-regulated to the point of eccentricity, becomes so rattled by intimations of mortality that at sixty-two, in spite of having enjoyed his existence as a bachelor, he gets married. And as though that were not astonishing enough, he goes on to have an inspiration which changes the tenor of his life. The creative spirit seizes him; he conceives an idea, embodies it in a plan, and persuades his firm to turn it into fact. In practice this idea proves to be a success, and incredulously Mr Stone tastes the joys of achievement. But V. S. Naipaul, the least sentimental of writers, does not cheat. He brings great charm to this story, and the humour for which he is already celebrated, but he faces the truth that no achievement can hold back time. Having been tickled, delighted, absorbed and touched, you find when you put this book down that you have been persuaded into a ruthless study of the human condition, and you will never forget it. V. S. NAIPAUL was born in Trinidad, of a Hindu family, and received his education at Queen’s Royal College, Port of Spain, and at University College, Oxford. He has been a freelance broadcaster and for nearly two years edited a weekly literary programme for the BBC Colonial Service. He has a considerable reputation as a reviewer of fiction, particularly in The New Statesman, and has appeared on television, particularly on the BBC’s ‘Bookstand’ programme. He was among the first writers to gain the Phoenix Trust Award, and has also won the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize. Jacket design by Leonard Rosoman. Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, KB, TC (born August 17, 1932 in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago), better known as V. S. Naipaul, is a Trinidadian-born British writer of Indo-Trinidadian descent, currently resident in Wiltshire. Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001 and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. He is the son, older brother, uncle, and cousin of published authors Seepersad Naipaul, Shiva Naipaul, Neil Bissoondath, and Vahni Capildeo, respectively. His current wife is Nadira Naipaul, a former journalist. In 1971, Naipaul became the first person of Indian origin to win a Booker Prize for his book In a Free State. In awarding Naipaul the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, the Swedish Academy praised his work ‘for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.’ The Committee added, ‘Naipaul is a modern philosophe carrying on the tradition that started originally with Lettres persanes and Candide. In a vigilant style, which has been deservedly admired, he transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony.’ The Committee also noted Naipaul’s affinity with the Polish author of Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad. His fiction and especially his travel writing have been criticised for their allegedly unsympathetic portrayal of the Third World. Edward Said, for example, has argued that he ‘allowed himself quite consciously to be turned into a witness for the Western prosecution’, promoting ‘colonial mythologies about wogs and darkies’.This perspectiv. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Mr. Stone And The Knights Companion
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: 1964
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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