Is anyone into a regular book thingy? It would be really classy and junk. We could all talk about what we’ve been reading, if anything.
Beyond the brown hills were smaller towns and the thousand villages that made up the constituency, each village as fragmented and ordered as Ajmer itself; every man in his caste, his community, his clan: divisions not strictly racial and not strictly social: more as if, in an English village, where everyone more or less looked alike, spoke the same language and had the same religion, every man yet remembered that he was a Dane or Saxon or Jute and stuck to his kind.
Just seems interesting, that’s all. Naipaul is a corrosive personality and writer – I don’t mean that as a criticism, at least not the latter bit – but what if he’s right? What if everything we value is just sentimentality superimposed on grottiness? After all, just because something’s old doesn’t make it meaningful. Maybe it’s just been around too long. What if that’s the Great Secret to most of history?
Eh, probably not worth a post. I’d appreciate comments, anyway. What have you been reading? And should we do a regular book thingy?