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Area of Darkness

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An Area of Darkness is a stark representation of India. V. S. Naipaul recounts his first encounter with his ancestral native homeland, chronicling every experience in a brutally honest fashion. The India of his imagination has been shattered while laying bare the current realities of a struggling society. The author travels through vast parts of the country, from Kashmir at the northernmost tip, to Madras at the south. In his travels, he meets many classes of Indians and witnesses the transformation of society in terms of roles, principles and motives. In Bombay, the author experiences the bureaucratic mess in a chaotic society. In Kashmir, he sees the ethereal beauty of nature seamlessly mixing with human habitation like the sacred ice cave in the Himalayas. Down South, the splendour of a bygone era in an abandoned temple is detailed. In this book, each place showcases a variety of culture and a variety of people struggling with life, from resigned government workers to self serving holy men, to deluded tourists who come to the country seeking spiritual enlightenment. The country, at the time of this travelogue, was reeling from a major crisis, still adjusting to a transition without the British Raj while recovering from a war with China. The book showcases the Post Colonial identity crisis, which was running high. Poverty is also unflinchingly portrayed in An Area of Darkness from the squalor of slums, the uncleanliness of the roads littered with human and animal excreta, to the debilitating caste system. The conflict between present conditions and the nostalgia for the British Raj is also grimly brought out. An Area of Darkness is written in a unique style of intermingling of social commentary with autobiographical details. The book provides a peek into the Indian way of living and Indian mindset and the darkness that is a part of Indian Psyche.

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An Area of Darkness is a stark representation of India. V. S. Naipaul recounts his first encounter with his ancestral native homeland, chronicling every experience in a brutally honest fashion. The India of his imagination has been shattered while laying bare the current realities of a struggling society. The author travels through vast parts of the country, from Kashmir at the northernmost tip, to Madras at the south. In his travels, he meets many classes of Indians and witnesses the transformation of society in terms of roles, principles and motives. In Bombay, the author experiences the bureaucratic mess in a chaotic society. In Kashmir, he sees the ethereal beauty of nature seamlessly mixing with human habitation like the sacred ice cave in the Himalayas. Down South, the splendour of a bygone era in an abandoned temple is detailed. In this book, each place showcases a variety of culture and a variety of people struggling with life, from resigned government workers to self serving holy men, to deluded tourists who come to the country seeking spiritual enlightenment. The country, at the time of this travelogue, was reeling from a major crisis, still adjusting to a transition without the British Raj while recovering from a war with China. The book showcases the Post Colonial identity crisis, which was running high. Poverty is also unflinchingly portrayed in An Area of Darkness from the squalor of slums, the uncleanliness of the roads littered with human and animal excreta, to the debilitating caste system. The conflict between present conditions and the nostalgia for the British Raj is also grimly brought out. An Area of Darkness is written in a unique style of intermingling of social commentary with autobiographical details. The book provides a peek into the Indian way of living and Indian mindset and the darkness that is a part of Indian Psyche.
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Title Area of Darkness Height
V.S. Naipaul Width
ISBN-13 9780330522830 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 0330522833 Spine Width
Publisher Picador USA Pages 290
Edition Main Market Ed. Availability In Stock

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