Beat Your Wife, Sell Books (V.S. Naipaul)

By Jack Engelhard

 

There’s a new book out on the life, loves, sexuality and brutality of V. S. Naipaul, a man who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

 

Is there a Nobel Prize for Wife Beating? If so, Naipaul would have won that, too, easily.

 

The facts are all in a biography of Naipaul written by Patrick French in which (practically) nothing is hidden and in fact Naipaul wanted it all put down on paper, warts and all – and talk about warts! The man had a wife whom he pushed aside for a mistress and here’s my mistake. He did not beat his wife (not very much) but oh brother, he sure beat his mistress.

 

The review in the New York Times talks about his hands being sore from all the beatings he gave – never mind the woman from all the beatings she TOOK.

 

Here’s the clincher. This mistress did not mind getting beaten up because it was all for the sake of LITERATURE.

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