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Chapter 9 : V S Naipaul part IV
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Discussion of The Enigma of Arrival, Half A Life, Magic Seeds, An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded Civilization & India:Million Mutinies Now

Sourabh agarwal
Govt. College Lecturer, JRF-NET (2003) English Teaching literature and grammar since 2001 to undergraduates , postgraduates, Net aspirants a

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  3. The Enigma of Arrival (1987) A semi-autobiographical novel about a young man's journey from Trinidad to London. Divided in five sections, it recounts the story of Jack who as arn aspiring writer comes to a small town, Wiltshire. .In the first section "Jack's Garden," the narrator describes a garden cultivated by Jack, the owner of this property. As Jack dies and new people move in the garden also turns into a farm under the leadership of the new owners

  4. In the second chapter, "The Journey'", the narrator focuses more on his experiences and thoughts when he first arrived in England. He also reflects on his development as a writer. In the next chapter, "Ivy", where the narrator introduces his landlord whom Naipaul views as a man with high social privileges. In the last two chapters, "Rooks" and "The Ceremony of Farewell", the narrator talks about Alan, the 'other' writer in this novel who is a native and so understands what does it means to be English

  5. Half a Life (2001) The story of Willie Somerset Chandran, son of a Brahmin father and a Dalit mother. Willie's middle name 'Somerset' is a tribute to the writer Somerset Maugham who visited his father in a temple. As he goes to London for study, he lives the life of a poor immigrant. However, he manages to publish a book which brings him in contact with Ana, a fan of him. They both fall in love and he goes back with Ana to her homeland in Africa. . The novel ends with Willie leaving his 18 year stay in Africa and going to live with his sister in Berlin.

  6. Magic Seeds 2004 This novel is a sequel to Half a Life and starts with Willie living with his sister Sarojini in Berlin. Exasperated with his indolent ways, the idealist sister forces him to return to India where he joins a philosopher's rebel army of communist guerrillas. He develops bonds with some leaders and realizes that each of them has become a rebel due to some personal grudge with society and not out of idealism Eventually he gets captured and imprisoned, and finds life in prison better than that of a fugitive. As his English friend Roger arranges for an old collection of his short stories to be republished, he is released Willie moves back to London, and slowly drifts into the life in the suburbs. .

  7. AN AREA OF DARKNESS Naipaul's second travelogue after the first travelogue 'The Middle passage, begins with 'A Resting flight'. The book is about how Naipaul has a 'mythical' image about India while living in Trinidad and how his one-year visit to India shattered his childhood image of the country. place for the Imapination and ends ln 'An Area of Darkness' is divided into three parts and eleven sub-parts. It has a prologue-" Traveller's prelude", and an epilogue-'Flight'

  8. India: A Wounded Civilization 1976 It is the second book of the trilogy written by Naipaul on India based on his experience during his second visit to India in 1975. It is divided into three parts, namely. 'A Wounded Civilization', A New Claim on the Land' and 'Not Ideas, but Obsessions'. There are two chapters in each of the first two parts and four chapters in the third part. "India is for me a difficult country. It isn't my home and cannot be my home; and yet I cannot reject it or be indifferent to it; I cannot travel only for the sights. I am at once too close and too far"

  9. India: A Million Mutinies Now 1990 .It is the third book of the trilogy on India by Naipaul . It relates the stories of many of the people he met traveling India more than fifty years ago. Though like previous two books, the book presents Naipaul's scathing criticism of Indian way of life and its many ugly sides, this books also shows a thin optimist attitude pertaining to its economic growth.