Lines of Life: Responses to His Passing

"After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities."

- V.S. Naipaul


V. S. Naipaul, his Kenyan-born wife, me and lone flower at the dinner table

All the major news channels carried the announcement of V. S. Naipaul death and many quaint and some touching representations emerged. Many of the tweets have already been usefully collected. And tributes from many other sources are widely available.  From liberal colleges around the world there was an outpouring of remembrance of the man and his writing. Paul Theroux whose rankled resentment of V. S. Naipaul added to the weight of rejection he had borne throughout most of his writing career had these moving things to say after his death. Many were torn by how much he would be missed and how much he irritated while he was here. Views expressed by Caribbean people were equally complex. The number of YouTube videos that were produced after were also impressive. [...]

Dr. J. Vijay Maharaj
Lines of Life Project Coordinator
Secretary - Friends of Mr. Biswas


Department of Literary Cultural and Communication Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Education.

The University of the West Indies St Augustine.

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Research Team 2019:
Mrs. Kerry Ann Abdool-Ramjattan
Dr. Nivedita Misra
Ms. Serikha Singh

Research Team 2020:
Mr. Shazim Khan
Mrs. Keshma Maharaj
Ms. Divia Sookdeo