The Loss of El Dorado
A Colonial History
By (author) V. S. Naipaul
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Loss of El Dorado by V. S. Naipaul
Book DescriptionThe history of Trinidad begins with a delusion: the belief that somewhere nearby on the South American mainland lay El Dorado, the mythical kingdom of gold. In this extraordinary and often gripping book, V. S. Naipaul himself a native of Trinidad shows how that delusion drew a small island into the vortex of world events, making it the object of Spanish and English colonial designs and a mecca for treasure-seekers, slave-traders, and revolutionaries. Amid massacres and poisonings, plunder and multinational intrigue, two themes emerge: the grinding down of the Aborigines during the long rivalries of the El Dorado quest and, two hundred years later, the man-made horror of slavery. An accumulation of casual, awful detail takes us as close as we can get to day-to-day life in the slave colony, where, in spite of various titles of nobility, only an opportunistic, near-lawless community exists, always fearful of slave suicide or poison, of African sorcery and revolt. Naipaul tells this labyrinthine story with assurance, withering irony, and lively sympathy. The result is historical writing at its highest level."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781400030767
(210mm x 133mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author V. S. Naipaul
House for Mr Biswas, Paperback (February 2016)
A gripping masterpiece, hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels.
Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book, Paperback (October 2011)
'V.S. Naipaul is the world's writer, a master of language and perception' New York Times Book Review
Guerrillas, Paperback (August 2011)
V. S. Naipaul's novel of fraudulent revolution, schizophrenia and murder.
Miguel Street, Paperback (August 2011)» View all books by V. S. Naipaul
An astonishing novel about hope, despair, poverty and laughter.
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Author Biography - V. S. Naipaul
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at Oxford he began to write, and since then he has followed no other profession. He is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Nobel Prize in 2001, the Booker Prize in 1971, and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990. He lives in Wiltshire, England.
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