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A Turn in the South by V. S. Naipaul
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A Turn in the South (1989)

by V. S. Naipaul

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  LadiesClub | Apr 17, 2016 |
A rather dry and monotonous account of the author's travels in the deep south, the so called bible belt. A dull landscape occasionally enlivened by interesting anecdotes like the piece about Elvis.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
A rather dry and monotonous account of the author's travels in the deep south, the so called bible belt. A dull landscape occasionally enlivened by interesting anecdotes like the piece about Elvis.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
It's bound to be intriguing when an opinionated intellectual from foreign parts does a book about your native land, and so it is in this case. Naipaul occasionally shines in his interviews, but at other times he just fails to connect. I don't worship at the shrine of college football, but anyone who thinks that the University of Alabama's cross-state rival is Alabama State has obviously not been paying attention. There's at least as much "Naipaul" as "South" in this book, which doesn't seem to have been the author's intention. But it's worth your time anyway, especially if you live here.
  Muscogulus | Jul 29, 2012 |
This book was a slow read for me. At times, I felt like I was trudging through it.

The author sometimes uses phrases and sayings that may be common in England or Trinidad. But these phrases and sayings are awkward and almost out of place when used to describe the American South.

Some reviews dubbed this book as an "even handed," almost objective look at the South by an outsider. But I thought the author frequently applied his experiences and values from a similarly agrarian former slave society, Trinidad. This made for great insight and comparisons but not the "even handed" approach described by some reviewers.

I did enjoy the last chapter about Chapel Hill and tobacco road, where I thought the author was at his best: so descriptive you can smell the tobacco, feel the scorching sun, and see the red earth. One interesting technique he used was interweaving the work of a local poet, describing childhood on a tobacco farm. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679724885, Paperback)

In the tradition of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his own in Among The Believers, A Turn In The South, his first book about the United States, is a revealing, disturbing, elegiac book about the American South -- from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.

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