“Whatever his literary form, Naipaul is a master.” –The New York Review of Books
“This is India. I don’t know any other book that comes so near to capturing the whole crazy spectrum. . . . Brilliant.” –John Wain, The Observer
“His narrative skill is spectacular. One returns with pleasure to the slow hand-in-hand revelation of both India and himself. . . . There is a kind of displaced person who has a better sense of place than anybody: Mr. Naipaul is an outstanding example.” –The Times
“[Naipaul’s] penetrating, opinionated travel writing . . . makes up a remarkable running commentary on the clash of civilizations.” –The New York Times
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A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness
is V. S. Naipaul?s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India.
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