(Last Updated on : 28/07/2014)
The leading novelist of the English-speaking Caribbean, V.S Naipaul is a keen observer of the problems an outsider has to face in the Third World countries. The experience through which he has undergone has helped him to depict the true nature of the plight an outsider (Indian) had to undergone in the contemporary era. Being an Indian, he had pathetic experience in West Indies, treated as a West Indian in England, and a nomadic intellectual in a postcolonial world. Hence Naipaul's novels are the authentic impersonation of his own experiences. Naipaul's novels verbalize the spirit of "Art for Life's Sake" and his character portraiture attains mellowness in his masterful artistry. The novels of Mulk Raj, in some cases also portray a tragicomic view of life depicting the identity crisis, an upshot of the colonial supremacy in the Third World.
A House of Mr. Biswas
: - The extraordinary life of an ordinary man, who struggles hard to provide his family is the key theme of the novel" A House of Mr. Biswas".
The Mystic Masseur:
- The Mystic Masseur is about a frustrated writer of Indian descendant who rises from the indigent background to become a successful politician.
-Miguel Street is a semi autobiographical novel represents a series of separate episodes of childhood experienced by an unnamed narrator, all happening in and around Miguel Street, a street in western Port of Spain.
In A Free State:
- In A Free State depicts the predicament Africa, a Third World country who has recently acquired independence.
- Ingrained in the background of remote, un-named Caribbean island, Guerrillas is the depiction of the population of mix ethnicity, which was dominated by the postcolonial British.
A Bend in the River:
- A Bend in the river is the depiction of multi-ethnicity in the Third World country Africa, which had just achieved its independence.
The Enigma of Arrival:
-The Enigma of Arrival is a compilation of four sections, reflecting the growing familiarity and changing perceptions of Naipaul upon his arrival in various countries after leaving his native.
An Area of Darkness:
-An Area of Darkness is a travelogue by Naipaul, written during his soirée in his ancestral land India in 1960.
The Loss of El Dorado:
- The loss of El Dorado is a legendary historical account of Venezuela and Trinidad.
Among The Believers:
-Among the Believers is a travelogue, which recounts the series of journeys to the regions that have converted to Islams.
India: A wounded Civilization:
- Essentially a travelogue, the novel "India: A wounded Civilization" cues an analytical probing into the Indian attitudes while
recapititualting and probing the feelings previously aroused in him by this vast, mysterious and agonized continent.
A turn in the South:
- A Turn in the South is a travel account illustrating the experiences of the novelist's journey in the southern states of US.
India: A Million Mutinies Now:
- A travelougue, "India: A million Mutinies Now" expresses serious qualms about Indian attitudes and the way of life. On the other hand Naipaul, in this travelogue notes the economic growth and its associated emancipation of the various peoples of India.
Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples:
- It is a non fiction book appeared as a sequel to earlier book "Among Believers : An Islamic journey" is actually an account of his travelings in four non Arab Muslim countries: Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia.
The Writer and the World Essays:
- The Writer and the World: Essays is a collection of several essays based on the experience of the novelist V.S. Naipaul in a Third World country, India, still suffering from the effects of post colonialism.
A Writer's People:
- V.S Naipaul's latest book "A Writer's People" surveys a litany of writers whose reading has mattered to Naipaul.