Naipaul on collaging a country from conversations:

by sunil on August 21, 2016

It may be asked if different people and different stories in any section of the book would have created or suggested another kind of country. I think not: the train has many coaches, and different class, but it passes through the same landscape. People are responding to the same political or social and cultural pressures. The writer has only to listen very carefully and with a clear heart to what people say to him, and ask the next question, and the next.

 

~VS Naipaul, Beyond Belief. Defending how the cultural, political and social reality and ambitions of a country can be deduced by conversations.

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