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A way in the World, a collection of essays by V.s. Naipaul, published in 1994, travels around the the Caribbean, dealing with the battles between the Spanish and British to colonize Trinidad and Venezuela.

    One particular episode describes the visit of a cruise ship to Trinidad in the thirties through a travel article, "The Shadowed Livery", 'Portraying subject people as a whole unto themselves", written by an Englishman, Foster Morris.

   Although the reputation of the writer diminishes," it was strange that a man so much in search of his own voice should have been the one to help me find mine,"Naipaul wrote.
   As an undergraduagte at Oxford University, Naipaul sent Morris a manuscript of his first novel. Morris wrote back right away,"..abandon it immediately.".
    Naipaul followed this advice, and later,published his first novel. He kept up a relationship with Morris until the older author died, seeing Morris's star fall whild Naipaul enjoyed increasing success.

This report prepared by Betty-Jeanne Korson








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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   fighting for social change    -   minorities fighting for rights    -   fights between different pol/social groups    -   slavery job/profession:    -   artist Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Asian, other Gender/Class story?    -   immigrant story Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   general poverty story If this is a culture clash:    -   visiting a different culture Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes ethnic of society (outside)    -   Asian, general

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   Other Asian Nationality    -   Central/South American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   depressed

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