The middle passage : impressions of five societies, British, French and Dutch, in the West Indies and South America

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The middle passage : impressions of five societies, British, French and Dutch, in the West Indies and South America
Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-2018 ( Author, Primary )
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232 p. ; 21 cm.


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Naipaul, V. S.--(Vidiadhar Surajprasad),--1932---Travel--Caribbean Area
Caribbean Area--Description and travel


Curator Notes: The Middle Passage (1962), Naipaul's first travel book, is an account of his journey in 1950 from London to his birthplace, the Caribbean island of Trinidad. It is both a journey to the familiar and to the strange and Naipaul records it all with honesty, clear analysis and, per some critics, cruelty. (These critics point to anecdotes such as the first chapter, in which Naipaul admits his satisfaction that his cabin is separate from his uncultured and poor fellow colonials.) In addition, he journeys to British Guiana, Suriname, Martinique and Jamaica, and his narrative forms a provocative study of societies whose common heritage of colonialism and slavery is examined with unique insight.
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"The Russell edition"
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Patell, Salim (jacket design)
Sir V(idiadhar) S(urajprasad) Naipaul (1932-2018) was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad, the eldest son of a second-generation Indian. He was educated at Queen's Royal College, Trinidad, and, after winning a government scholarship, in England at University College, Oxford. He worked briefly for the BBC as a writer and editor for the 'Caribbean Voices' program. He was the son, older brother, uncle, and cousin of published authors Seepersad Naipaul, Shiva Naipaul, Neil Bissoondath, and Vahni Capildeo, respectively. V. S. Naipaul was knighted in 1989. He was awarded the David Cohen British Literature Prize by the Arts Council of England in 1993 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. He held honorary doctorates from Cambridge University and Columbia University in New York, and honorary degrees from the universities of Cambridge, London and Oxford. Naipaul died at his home in London at the age of 85 on August 11, 2018. His widow is Nadira Naipaul, a Pakistani journalist.

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University of Illinois at Chicago Library
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Special Collections, University of Illinois at Chicago Library
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Resource Identifier:
0233965182 ( ISBN )
1654049 ( UIC Bibliographic ID )
F2171.2 .N3 1974 ( UIC Call No. )

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