At this midpoint in the 1970s, approximately twenty years after graduating from Oxford, V S Naipaul’s vision of the postcolonial world began to grow darker than most people could digest. Responses to the novel Guerillas published in 1975 such as this one written by Neil ten Kortenaar fifteen years after its publication starkly illustrate the point. The idea of literary murder that informs this article published in 1994 makes for very interesting reading. Others were also literary as in the response of his then friend, Paul Theroux and those that approached the text as craft and artistic experiment. Some clearly by those who had experienced or could enter the experiences V S Naipaul depicted were more open and sharp  Guerrillas has received a great deal of attention perhaps because it is so intensively interested in the impact of a vague grasp of literary Britain on the psyche of the wounded Caribbean person. 

Gordon Rohlehr in his assessment of West Indian writing finds echoes of a “quest for order in even the cruel reduction of the murder of Gale Ann Benson, and her interment under a bed of lettuce to the Ol’ Mas caption, "Benson under Hedges" (24).

Lines of Life: The Naipauls of Trinidad and Tobago

This digital platform called Lines of Life aims to re-assert the Caribbean facet of V. S. Naipaul’s context and legacy far beyond the brief glimpse of Naipaul and to gather everything Naipaul into this one space in order to develop as comprehensive a Memorial site as possible.