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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.
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    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.

The review of this Book 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

Subject of Biography

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


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

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   depressed

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