Geordie Greig: VS Naipaul died peacefully after reading Tennyson

Sergio Cunningham
August 15, 2018

He wrote more than 30 books, won the Booker Prize in 1971 and the Nobel Prize in literature in 2001, following the late St. Lucian Derek Walcott who won the award in 1992. V S Naipaul passed away peacefully at his home in London, according to his wife Lady Naipaul.

His family sources revealed that Mr Naipaul died on Saturday in his residence in London, where he lived most of his life.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in 1932 in Chaguanas on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, to a family that had arrived from India in the 1880s.

Naipaul caught the eye of book reviewers, and in 1959 he won the Somerset Maugham Award with the story collection "Miguel Street".

He received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth in 1989.

However, Naipaul has sometimes been seen as a controversial character in T&T. It was the first of Naipaul's acclaimed Indian trilogy which included - "India: A Wounded Civilization" and "India: A Million Mutinies Now".

"New York Times" has described him as a writer of "many contradictions and obvious greatness". But, Naipaul left his homeland as soon as he could to complete his dreams as he moved to England after being awarded a rare scholarship to begin his English literature at University College, Oxford.

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Teelucksingh said Naipaul made a valuable contribution to literature and brought pride to the Caribbean.

"We had some very ups and downs over the years, but there was great satisfaction in reconnecting", he said.

Describing their friendship, Greig said: "His prose was as sharp as glass but his kindness was as warm as sunlight, is what I found".

Teelucksingh called on the Government to properly honour Naipaul. Find us on Facebook too! "I thought it was a great mistake".

However, a fellow Trinidadian writer, CLR James once wrote that Naipaul says 'what white people want to say but dare not'.

Naipaul continued writing non-fiction works later in life, including The Masque of Africa (2010), which followed trips to the continent in 2008/9.

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