After Phillip Roth passed recently, I speculated here that no post-War writer was really going to be remembered, including Roth. There’s been a bifurcation in taste between academics and the general public (including smart people who are not English lit professors), and I’ve never had anyone press a Roth or Naipaul novel against my chest and insist it would change my life. The smart people I know just don’t care.
So yeah, I’ve seen Naipaul described as a post-War writer whose work “would last.” I’ve never read a word he’s written. Never felt like reading his dreary tales of postcolonial malaise.
Also, like Roth, he seems to have been more than a bit of an ass IRL.
So, any Naipaul fans here? Am I missing something amazing?