The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book: And Other Comic Inventions (Paperback)
And Other Comic Inventions
Vintage, 9780375708336, 560pp.
Publication Date: July 9, 2002
The Suffrage of Elvira is Naipaul's hilarious take on an electoral campaign in the back country of Trinidad, where the candidates' tactics include blatant vote-buying and supernatural sabotage. The eponymous protagonist of Mr. Stone and the Knights Companion is an aging Englishman of ponderously regular habits whose life is thrown into upheaval by a sudden marriage and unanticipated professional advancement. And the stories in A Flag on the Island take us from a Chinese bakery in Trinidad-whose black proprietor faces bankruptcy until he takes a Chinese name-to a rooming house in London-where the genteel landlady plays a nasty Darwinian game with her budgerigars. Unfailingly stylish, filled with intelligence and feeling, here is the work of a writer who can do just about anything that can be done with language.
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Praise For The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book: And Other Comic Inventions…
“V. S. Naipaul is the world’s writer, a master of language and perception.” –The New York Times Book Review
“As delightful as anything Naipaul has written.” –The New York Review of Books
“V. S. Naipaul has a substantial claim as a comic writer. . . . This humor, conducted throughout with the utmost stylistic quietude, is completely original.” –Kingsley Amis, The Spectator