By Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
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Hm. Born in the wrong way. ’ Bissoondaye had no means of telling the time, but both she and the midwife had assumed that it was midnight, the inauspicious hour. Abruptly, as Bissoondaye sat before him with bowed and covered head, the pundit brightened, ‘Oh, well. It doesn’t matter. ’ He undid his red bundle and took out his astrological almanac, a sheaf of loose thick leaves, long and narrow, between boards. The leaves were brown with age and their musty smell was mixed with that of the red and ochre sandalwood paste that had been spattered on them.
S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at Oxford he began to write, and since then he has followed no other profession. He is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Booker Prize in 1971 and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990. He lives in Wiltshire, England. Also by V. S. Naipaul NONFICTION Between Father and Son: Family Letters Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples India: A Million Mutinies Now A Turn in the South Finding the Center Among the Believers The Return of Eva Perón (with The Killings in Trinidad) India: A Wounded Civilization The Overcrowded Barracoon The Loss of El Dorado An Area of Darkness The Middle Passage FICTION A Way in the World The Enigma of Arrival A Bend in the River Guerrillas In a Free State A Flag on the Island The Mimic Men Mr.
The news that Mr Biswas was negotiating for a house of his own had gone around Shama’s family. ’ She didn’t hide her amusement. ’ ‘Yes, child,’ Shama said, in her martyr’s way. The exchange took place on the back steps and reached the ears of Mr Biswas, lying in pants and vest on the Slumberking bed in the room which contained most of the possessions he had gathered after forty-one years. He had carried on a war with Suniti ever since she was a child, but his contempt had never been able to quell her sarcasm.