By V. S. Naipaul
V. S. Naipaul has continuously confronted the demanding situations of "fitting one civilization to another." In A Writer's People, he's taking us into this strategy of inventive and highbrow assimilation, which has formed either his writing and his life.
Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he used to be uncovered early on—Derek Walcott, Gustave Flaubert, and his father, between them—and his first encounters with literary tradition. He illuminates the ways that the writings of Gandhi, Nehru, and different Indian writers either demonstrate and hide the authors themselves and their kingdom. And he brings an analogous scrutiny to endure on his personal existence: his early years in Trinidad; the empty areas in his kinfolk historical past; his ever-evolving reactions to the extra complex India he might come across for the 1st time at age thirty.
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26 In “Looking for a Recluse I Can’t Find,” a contemporary of Cold Mountain, Chia Tao (779–843), also relies on this symbolism. 29 In this symbolism Cold Mountain has offhandedly rebuffed the claims of court and its aims and the ordinary social world itself. indd 31 27/3/08 2:24:52 PM 32 JOLÁN RÓKA VENTURING UPON DIZZY HEIGHTS such spheres and quite thoroughly realized the valued Taoist union with the natural world in his wilderness habitation. Further, such mountain wandering as Cold Mountain’s, in order to perfect one’s spirituality, has its precedents and cognates.
All the Confucian models of a benevolent rule … were mocked [such as Chuang-tzu’s deconstructions of Confucianism]…. 17 In the The Analects, Confucius had developed the political philosophy of the “Decree of Heaven” in which Heaven sanctions the emperor’s leadership as divine and the emperor in turn projects divine leadership onto his state through adherence to the traditional rites or li. The preferred model for this state was the jen or gentleman, a benevolent and cultured individual who adhered to appropriate social relationships and obligations.
13 Far more male and female representations are, however, abstractions of sexuality, often using the technique of superimposition. 14 These engravings are unique in the context of cave art because there is a general lack of representation of human figures in comparison with animal ones. Of the male and female representations, there are far more abstractions of sexuality, such as fields of vulva symbols, a split triangle, or the parallel lines of the penis, appearing here and there in larger scenes.
A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling by V. S. Naipaul