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Naipaul's Way (Comments)

Modern Age 2007, Spring, 49, 2

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THE CENTRAL TASK of all literary art, V. S. Naipaul believes, is "to awaken the sense of true wonder" in relation to the world we inhabit. The uncertainty that exists today concerning the purpose of fiction leads to the promotion of work that is more often than not escapist, narcissistic, or merely experimental without any real purpose. To write fiction, in Naipaul's sense, is something entirely different. It is to surrender everything, all of one's energies, all of one's ego and self-interest, to the demands of a narrative that is brutally honest. Getting it right is the writer's greatest accomplishment because so much in the real world depends on this truthfulness: the possibility of healthy and productive social relationships, the possibility of any sort of true happiness, the possibility of political stability and of civilization in any genuine sense. All of these depend on the difficult task that not only the writer but also every human being is enjoined to undertake, the task of striving for fresh and unbiased perception and judgment. Writing in the sense of truth-telling, starting with and always accountable to fundamental human motives and needs, is a form of human commitment that is so rare in our culture as to seem quixotic. The art of fiction is an endless process of observation, reflection, vision, and revision, but there is always the temptation, especially for the unestablished author struggling through the lean years of apprenticeship, to settle for the easy answers and commonplace assumptions. Even for the established writer there are the never-ending pitfalls of self-delusion, prejudice, indifference, and simple indolence.

Naipaul's Way (Comments)
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  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Published: 22 March 2007
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc.
  • Print Length: 16 Pages
  • Language: English
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