Let’s all bow down to VS Naipaul.
No, really? Feeling this superior must be divine.
Oh, I’m sorry. I’m a woman. I have feelings. I’m sentimental.
I’m glad we are ‘different’, very glad.
So we should be, and we should embrace, celebrate those differences. Do we want to live in a world made of clones? Do we want to read books all in a similar style?
How can a person be so pompous and so arrogant?
Literary critic Helen Brown described them as “arrogant, attention-seeking”.He should heed the words of George Eliot – a female writer – whose works have had a far more profound impact on world culture than his.”
Also from the Guardian:
Well, it was fun while it lasted. After 15 years, novelists Paul Theroux and VS Naipaul have finally ended their bookish bust-up, with a little help from Ian McEwan. Friends for three decades, the pair fell out in the mid-90s after the Trinidadian sold off one of Theroux’s books – personally dedicated to Naipaul – for $1,500. Theroux responded with a memoir of their friendship, Sir Vidia’s Shadow, which labelled Naipaul a racist, an egoist and a mercenary.
- VS Naipaul finds no women writer his literary match – not even Jane Austen (guardian.co.uk)
- Celebrated literary feud ends after Naipaul and Theroux bury the hatchet (independent.co.uk)
- Hay Festival 2011: Handshake ends a famous literary feud (telegraph.co.uk)
- Hay Festival: no woman writer will ever be as good as me, says VS Naipaul (telegraph.co.uk)
- Do you write like a man or a woman? (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)