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The Enigma of Arrival by  V. [Vidiadhar] S. [Surajprasad] NAIPAUL - First American Edition - 1987 - from Bluebird Books (SKU: 72308)

The Enigma of Arrival

The Enigma of Arrival by  V. [Vidiadhar] S. [Surajprasad] NAIPAUL - First American Edition - 1987 - from Bluebird Books (SKU: 72308)

The Enigma of Arrival

by NAIPAUL, V. [Vidiadhar] S. [Surajprasad]

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ISBN 10
0394509714
ISBN 13
9780394509716
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good. 1987. First American Edition. Hardcover. 0394509714 . Nobel prizewinner's novel is an introspective look at his own life; tracks his migration from his native Trinidad to Britain. In black half cloth & turquoise paperboard covers. Interior clean & bright; unmarked. Dust jacket has chips & scuffs at edges. 2" tear at lower front hinge has been taped; now in removable mylar protector. With publisher's promotional bookmark specific to this title laid in. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 354 pages .

Synopsis

An autobiography for the most part, the book is composed of five sections reflecting the growing familiarity and changing perceptions of Naipaul upon his arrival in various countries.  The majority of the action takes place in Wiltshire, England, where Naipaul has rented a cottage in the countryside. He sees the area around his cottage as a frozen piece of history, unchanged for hundreds of years. However, during his extended stay at this cottage where he is working on another novel, he notices the area for what it is: a forever changing place with ordinary people simply existing away from the rest of the world. This causes the author to reflect upon the nature of perceiving our surroundings and how much these perceptions are affected by our preconceptions.   He reflects on his own emigration from Trinidad to New York City, and his following removal to England and Oxford. Naipaul’s novel illustrates the growing understanding of his place in this new environment and the complicated relations of the people and land around them. 

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bookseller
Bluebird Books US (US)
Bookseller’s Inventory #
72308
Title
The Enigma of Arrival
Author
NAIPAUL, V. [Vidiadhar] S. [Surajprasad]
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First American Edition
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0394509714
ISBN 13
9780394509716
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1987
Keywords
0394509714
Bookseller catalogs
>>Biography, Autobiography, Memoir; >>Pulitzer, Nobel, Booker, Nat Book Award Prize;

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