The title, A Writer's People, does cover everything and everyone in the book from Virgil to Anthony Powell, but the sub-title, Ways of Seeing and Feeling, points to the special characteristics which singled out some of the writer's people and which have caught his special attention. All of the writer's people dealt with in the book are no longer alive - from Virgil and Caesar and the classical writers, through Flaubert and Dostoevsky, to Seepersad Naipaul, his father, Derek Walton and Anthony Powell who featured in the author's own lifetime. The author wonders at the perpetuation of his total immersion in India and everything Indian, starting with the continuation of his childhood prayers and rituals, all the way up to his perspective on the condition of India as a whole.
SEEING THROUGH V.S. NAIPAUL'S EYES Alex Ninian Contemporary Review; Winter 2008; 290, 1691; Docstoc pg. 509 Reproduced with permission of the copyright
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