Commentary: V.S. Naipaul critic’s notebook

Jean H Charles LLB, MSW, JD, is a regular contributor to the opinion section of Caribbean News Now. He can be reached at

By Jean H Charles

I wrote an essay last week on the universal legacy of V.S. Naipaul and, as usual about Naipaul, the criticism for or against his view abounds. From Haiti, where he is not known, there are inquiries for more information about him, and from the Greater Caribbean, why do I adulate Naipaul when Derrick Walcott, also a Nobel Laureate from Saint Lucia, deserves a better accolade?

On the outset, Naipaul, the author of some 30 books, knighted by the Queen of England and recipient of the Nobel Prize of literature is one of the most gifted writers of the English language after William Shakespeare. My own characterization of…

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