Author: V S NaipaulPublisher: Little, Brown and companyYear: 1999Language: EnglishPages: 333ISBN/UPC (if available): 0316639885
A rich, fine and moving book of letters between father and son in the history of literature.In 1950, just before his eighteenth birthday, V S Naipaul left his native Trinidad for the first time - to take up an Island scholarship at University College, Oxford. In 1953, aged forty-seven, his father, a journalist with the Trinidad Guardian, died of a heart attack. Those three years saw an intense and intensely human, correspondence between father and son, marked by great mutual reliance and affection, and by a shared literary ambition. It was a father's dream that his and his son's name might together appear on the title-page of a book.