By V. S. Naipaul
V. S. Naipaul has continuously confronted the demanding situations of "fitting one civilization to another." In A Writer's People, he's taking us into this means of inventive and highbrow assimilation, which has formed either his writing and his life.
Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he was once uncovered early on—Derek Walcott, Gustave Flaubert, and his father, between them—and his first encounters with literary tradition. He illuminates the ways that the writings of Gandhi, Nehru, and different Indian writers either display and hide the authors themselves and their country. And he brings a similar scrutiny to undergo on his personal lifestyles: his early years in Trinidad; the empty areas in his kinfolk heritage; his ever-evolving reactions to the extra advanced India he might stumble upon for the 1st time at age thirty.
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Where the Kempe rubricator drew and then enhanced initial capitals only minimally and in red ink, however, the St. Gregory rubricator used red, blue, and gold ink as well as gold foil for the capitals at the beginning off each homily. The Kempe rubricator liberally made notes much in the manner of the “extensive rubrication” of the St. Gregory rubricator. This “extensive rubrication” includes the frequent addition of the abbreviation for “nota” in red in the margins throughout. One other gloss appears at the bottom of fol.
False hypocrisy was one of three aspects of hypocrisy that the medieval preachers delineated. ”46 This branch plagued Kempe throughout her life. Late in her story, she recalled coming back to London from across the sea and being “not clad as sche woldd a ben for defawte of mony” and how she had, in her foolish shame, intended “to a gon vn-knowyn in-to þe tyme þat sche myth a made sum chefsyawns, [and so she] bar a kerche be-forr hir face” (243/15–17). But, Kempe also found a neat way of getting around these branches of Pride when earlier in her Book she had been visiting “certyn places for gostly helth” and was “wolcomyd & mech made of ” (22/27, 34).
Add. 55 The scribe of the St. Gregory manuscript identified himselff on fol. 56 Citing this identifying remark, the British Library’s description of this manuscript asserts that it was “mostly copied by the monk John Awne, probably at Mount Grace Priory, co. ”57 As in the Kempe manuscript, an inscription of ownership appears early in its pages. On the recto side off fol. vi of the St. Gregory manuscript is written: Liber montis graciee qui ip īn alienduit and thema sit amen. This Latin inscription has 12 P E R I L O U S PA S S AG E S been dated to the same period as that of the scribe, John Awne, that is the mid-fifteenth century.
A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling by V. S. Naipaul