V. S. Naipaul Quotes
When I learnt to write I became my own master, I became very strong, and that strength is with me to this very day.
Trinidad may seem complex, but to anyone who knows it, it is a simple, colonial, philistine society.
To be converted you have to destroy your past, destroy your history. You have to stamp on it, you have to say 'my ancestral culture does not exist, it doesn't matter.'
The reason is that they define how I have gone about my business. I have trusted to intuition. I did it at the beginning. I do it even now. I have no idea how things might turn out, where in my writing I might go next.
Some writers can only deal with childhood experience, because it's complete. For another kind of writer, life goes on, and he's able to keep processing that as well.
It's very attractive to people to be a victim. Instead of having to think out the whole situation, about history and your group and what you are doing... if you begin from the point of view of being a victim, you've got it half-made. I mean intellectually.
I went to India and met some people who had been involved in this guerrilla business, middle-class people who were rather vain and foolish. There was no revolutionary grandeur to it. Nothing.
I always knew who I was and where I had come from. I was not looking for a home in other people's lands.
Home is, I suppose just a child's idea. A house at night, and a lamp in the house. A place to feel safe.