Title: A TURN IN THE SOUTH - Rare Fine Copy of The ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1989
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 307 pages. Published in 1989. The author's account on subject. One of V. S. Naipaul's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. It should not be confused with the Franklin Mint Edition either, which is signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents V. S. Naipaul's "A Turn In The South". His account of his travels throughout the American South. A subject that has defied understanding, Naipaul refuses to give up. By the end of his patient book, the modest title, "A Turn In The South", sounds about right, and the South turns out to be the ideal subject for Naipaul's celebrated approach: Disinterested observation, feline curiosity, an open mind, and persistent determination to comprehend and understand (for Naipaul, to travel is to know; travel is a form of knowledge). That Naipaul depicts the American South as a vague yet powerful - powerful because it is vague - myth is not weakness on the book's part but its strength. Naipaul is unwilling to give his account the kind of "no-loose-ends" shape and conclusive purpose readers expect because these undermine the mythical that, for him, is the South's essential character. "The greatest writer of English prose" (London Observer). Bar none. An absolute "must-have" title for V. S. Naipaul collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by V. S. Naipaul. Naipaul's specimen-signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Signed Naipauls are rare. He has always been an elusive and reluctant signer; most signed copies of his books are of the Limited Editions (on a tipped-in page). Signed copies of the regular First Editions (on the title page) are actually much more scarce than the former. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1971 for "In A Free State". Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER V. S. NAIPAUL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0394564774. Bookseller Inventory # 16981
Synopsis: In the tradition of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his own in Among The Believers, A Turn In The South, his first book about the United States, is a revealing, disturbing, elegiac book about the American South -- from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover:
?Naipaul?s chapters honor the diversity that marks the South.... Conservatives and liberals, whites and blacks, men and women speak for themselves, and reveal the dark side of the story in their own ways? fascinating and revealing.? ? The New Republic
?A Tolstoyan spirit.... The so-called Third World has produced no more brilliant literary artist.? ? John Updike
?Naipaul is a master of English prose.? ? J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books
?V. S. Naipaul has a substantial claim as a comic writer.... This humor, conducted throughout with the utmost stylistic quietude, is completely original.? ? Kingsley Amis, The Spectator
?Mr. Naipaul travels with the artist?s eye and ear and his observations are sharply discerning.? ? Evelyn Waugh
?For sheer abundance of talent there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul. [He is] the world?s writer, a master of language and perception.? ? The New York Times Book Review
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