Saturday, March 10, 2007

Serious travel is an art, even if no writing is contemplated; and the special art in this book lay in divining who of the many people I met would best and most logically take my story forward, where nothing had to be forced.

-- V.S. Naipaul, reflecting on the writing of India: A Million Mutinies Now

1 comment:

Frances-Anne said...

Hello Nicholas, thanks for quoting that. It reminded me that thought I loathe Naipaul, I love his storytelling and that novel (is it a novel?... it's not a novel, but a travelogue yet so much more...) is just fantastic, my favorite, precisely because of the way that it weaves so many human stories "effortlessly", carrying the narrative forward in the most dramatic way. It's a masterpiece.Best wishes,