Saturday, November 29, 2008

Englishly

From James Wood’s review of Patrick French’s biography of V.S. Naipaul in the December 1, 2008 issue of The New Yorker. “She” refers to Naipaul’s first wife, Patricia Hale.

“Unassertive, Englishly reticent, a little milky and bland, she became steadily obsessed with his writing—even as she would half-mockingly call him ‘the Genius’ in private—and enjoyed being his spur and amanuensis.”

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