Het raadsel van de aankomst

Het raadsel van de aankomst Een schrijver op zoek naar de volmaakte natuurlijke orde van een Engels landgoed trekt zich steeds meer terug op het platteland Daar moet hij erkennen dat het leven een voortdurende staat van veran

  • Title: Het raadsel van de aankomst
  • Author: V.S. Naipaul C.A.G. van den Broek
  • ISBN: 9045009439
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Een schrijver, op zoek naar de volmaakte, natuurlijke orde van een Engels landgoed, trekt zich steeds meer terug op het platteland Daar moet hij erkennen dat het leven een voortdurende staat van verandering is, en dat elk verleden telkens ongedaan gemaakt wordt door het heden Elke harmonie, ook die van het Engelse landschap, wordt daarom geleidelijk, maar onherroepelijkEen schrijver, op zoek naar de volmaakte, natuurlijke orde van een Engels landgoed, trekt zich steeds meer terug op het platteland Daar moet hij erkennen dat het leven een voortdurende staat van verandering is, en dat elk verleden telkens ongedaan gemaakt wordt door het heden Elke harmonie, ook die van het Engelse landschap, wordt daarom geleidelijk, maar onherroepelijk aangetast en vernietigd De schrijver beseft echter ook dat het afscheid van een geliefde omgeving tot de ontdekking van een nieuwe leidt Verval, zo leert hij, is eveneens herwinning.V.S Naipauls Het raadsel van de aankomst is tegelijk een geraffineerde autobiografie en een met ironie en afstand geschreven roman over Engeland en over de westerse cultuur in de nadagen.

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    1. V.S. Naipaul C.A.G. van den Broek

      Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad In the introduction to the 20th anniversary edition of A House for Mr Biswas, he reflected that the scholarship would have allowed him to study any subject at any institution of higher learning in the British Commonwealth, but that he chose to go to Oxford to do a simple degree in English He went, he wrote, in order at last to write In August 1950, Naipaul boarded a Pan Am flight to New York, continuing the next day by boat to London 50 years later, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad V S Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.

    268 thoughts on “Het raadsel van de aankomst”

    1. Just a note here. I've read this book twice and have an observation that I haven't come across elsewhere. In short, it's that there is a vertiginous aspect to Naipaul's descriptions of landscape here. I never have a stable sense of the world around the narrator, but one that is always off-kilter, if not spinning. This is something that I've not come across in Naipaul's other books, most of which I've read. I'm thinking now it may just be a function of over-description, in which case the attentiv [...]


    2. Purposedly boring, yet purposedly exciting. I used to think it is not possible for a book to be both boring and exciting until I read this autobiographical work.So far, what I know of V.S. Naipul I got only from this book. His parents were from India who had migrated to the island of Trinidad ( with the other island nearby, Tobago, it completes the country of "Trinidad and Tobago" near Venezuela where the beauty queens are). Since this was before large oil and gas reserves were discovered there, [...]


    3. A perfect example of writing that feels very staid and traditional until, about half way through the book, you pick your head up and realize that it's doing something completely original. Not exactly fiction, not exactly non-ficiton (not exactly poetry for that matter), but filled with lush sentences that relay the slow, unstoppable movemements of a vegetative mind, Naipaul's, thinking about a particular place and a particular time so well that the meditation becomes about Place and Time, rather [...]


    4. I'm pretty sure you can figure out what I think of a book from the page number/time spent to read ratio. I've read so many five star reviews for this book and I've found them baffling. Sure, it's a cyclical narrative. Not that difficult to pull off when absolutely nothing happens. I got so sick of the repetition, which is apparently also a sign of brilliance. Does deciding you're going to be "a writer" really make you see the world any differently? I can understand being a pompous teenager in a [...]


    5. If I were to read this book again, I would read the last section, The Ceremony of Farewell, first. Really. The narrator's summation helps the book as a whole make sense. For one thing, Naipaul establishes the hurried, unedited stream of consciousness style he uses. This is most evident in "Jack's Garden," the first section, and my favorite, of the book. Here, Naipaul in his youthful naievete relates the circumstances that brought him to Wiltshire, England. But more so, in a sing-songing string o [...]


    6. Foi a primeira vez que li V. S. Naipul e acho que fiquei apaixonada por ele. Este livro insere-se na gaveta "Literatura de Viagem" no entanto é um livro um tanto complexo. Talvez tenha sido esta complexidade de o definir/classificar que me prendeu. Tem rasgos autobiográficos, tem rasgos de viagem, de ficção, de fragmentação e até de estilo diaristico. Mas nada disso importa, para ser sincera. É um livro muito bom, um livro sem definição, um livro que nos ensina que as gavetas são fic [...]



    7. Naipaul writes that the title of his book is based on Chirico's 1911 painting which shows two muffled figures standing in a deserted street in what appears to be a port city. A ship's. mast can be seen in the background. Originally, he says he had intended to write a story set in classical times about a sea journey which ends in a dangerous city. In fact, what emerges in the book is the story of a journey of a traveler from Trinidad who ends up living in Wiltshire near Stonehenge, the journey th [...]


    8. Impressive work of fiction that is some high percentage memoir of a writer’s life (obviously Naipaul's) in his adopted country. For a book with virtually no plot, just deep observation and precise, attentive description, it is amazingly absorbing reading.Naipaul, by most, if not all accounts, is not a nice man, perhaps even by many measures a bad one, mean, self-absorbed, and cursed with a bully’s violent temper. None of that, however, is a factor, even much of a presence here. There are bri [...]


    9. This is a really odd book. The style is likeable enough that I read the whole thing even though this would be a candidate for the most words ever written about next to nothing.It's basically an autobiographical novel that focuses on the writer's existance in Salisbury, UK. He skips over the good parts.The best part of it is a review on the back cover that: "like a computer game leads the reader on by a series of clues" This is from 1987 so if you liked the Legend of Zelda or Mike Tyson's punchou [...]


    10. In A Wounded Civilization, V.S.Naipaul criticized Gandhi and Nehru for “their Hindu way of not seeing” – he wrote that neither Gandhi nor Nehru had any perspective about the places they visited and saw during their early days in England. Nobody would ever accuse V.S.Naipaul of the same ignorance after reading The Enigma of Arrival. In this autobiographical novel, Naipaul describes his idyllic but melancholic life in an old English manor in Wiltshire. The novel, divided into five parts begi [...]


    11. The Enigma of Arrival is one of V. S. Naipaul's masterpieces. In this autobiographical novel he successfully conveys to the reader the atmosphere of the English countryside through the meditations of the narrator on his original journey from Trinidad to England. Through the mind of the narrator we experience the fictional reality of the world-a world of Naipaul's making. Echoes from both James Joyce and Marcel Proust are visible in the narration of the novel. This seems a quiet book, but it is a [...]


    12. A strange novel, very hypnotising in parts. It is the first circular novel I've read - you can start reading from any chapter. In fact, the first and longest chapter is almost the wrong chapter to start reading this novel and when I read this novel again, I'll start at the second. The first chapter annoyed me a little because I was always trying to picture in my head where all the geographical features were in relation to the buildings. If only there was a map! In the end, I had to ignore my loc [...]


    13. Not quite a novel, it's a type of memoir, which comprises travel as a theme though it is set in one place. It is really about how travel changes those that move, whether emigrants or the permanently restless. Set in an English county, Naipaul is perspicacious to a great degree, the writing is acute, sometimes cruel, but nearly always accurate about people and place. A stimulating read.


    14. I bought this book long ago before V.S. Naipoul earn the Nobel Price. The painting of the cover stuck me. The title shuits perfectly not with the context but with the painting. Such a cover and such a title were very suggestive. Unfortunately the context just was absent. Very good language, but without something really amazing.


    15. Flat - that's the best word to describe how I felt while reading this book. It's unbelievably repetitious. I have nothing good to say about it




    16. Once I’d settled into this, it was a beautiful read. Naipaul is a Nobel Laureate and so you expect that the prose will be challenging. But while A Bend in the River and In a Free State are more “psychologically challenging” as I said in my review of the latter, the challenge with Enigma is that is so very, very simple.The prose is so measured and the descriptions so simple that you can be forgiven for getting bored until you grasp what Naipaul is doing. This is no accident. The prose perfe [...]


    17. From Publishers Weekly Discursive and ruminative, more like an extended essay than a novel, the intricately structured chapters in this highly autobiographical book reveal "the writer defined by his . . . ways of seeing." Naipaul, in his own person, narrates a series of events, beginning during a period of soul-healing in Wiltshire, circling back to the day of his departure from Trinidad in 1950 when he was 18, describing his time in London before he went up to Oxford, moving back to Trinidad af [...]


    18. This is one of those books I could not read quickly. Not because it's extremely intricate, difficult to grasp - it was not a challenge by any standards. Not because it's outstandingly beautiful, hard to let go of - it was to me just the average novel. The thing is, the story moves slowly, the pace matches the change of seasons, the succession of years //:o) . and I wanted to adjust (and read it as slowly as itself it moves).I personally disagree with what the author himself says in the end of th [...]


    19. "The Enigma of Arrival" by V.S. Naipaul left me quite ambivalent, as the writing flows beautifully like a river, but it is also very seldom interrupted by dialogue which makes it, not difficult, but hard to read. It is not a book you read in one setting unless reading with your eyes closed counts. What I did not like about the writing was the way characters are described. Instead of showing and not telling, Naipaul does it the other way around which I do not approve of. This is without doubt a b [...]


    20. En 1950, un adolescent d'origine hindoue quitte les Caraïbes pour devenir écrivain en Angleterre. Trente années plus tard, V.S. Naipaul, auteur consacré, se retire à la campagne et tente de faire le point sur son oeuvre, sur lui-même, sur son pays d'adoption. Avec l'implacable lucidité qui le caractérise, il évalue les dégâts du "progrès", mais aussi les promesses que l'avenir dessine. S'il célèbre et regrette un certain art de vivre, il se garde de condamner celui qui lui succéde [...]


    21. Deși Naipaul are un stil rafinat, cartea a ieșit incredibil de plictisitoare. Doar capitolul despre sosirea sa în Anglia cu intenția de a scrie suscită curiozitatea - tendința (demascată acum) de a substitui realității închipuirile sale despre omul-scriitor.În celelalte capitole, autorul oarecum se contrazice, ascunzându-se în spatele unor personaje minore pe care le amplifică forțat până la niște dimensiuni epice. Dacă intenția a fost să demonstreze că până și din zboru [...]


    22. Recommended by my sister in laws uncle. So far- the first chapter was boring at first but then I realized it was absolutely brilliant. I don't think you can explain it. I think you have to read it to get it. I also think you have to be it. Like seriously, be it. I don't think I've ever really read anything like this, that was too smart for me and at the same time I intuitively "get". Good ol' VS Naipalm! Blowing me away.



    23. The first half was a real struggle. The prose is as soothing and meandering as the English countryside he so meticulously describes. It was tough to stay focused. But very, very gradually everything starts to cohere. I felt a real admiration by the time I reached the last page.


    24. A great work of my book-based master, so musical, really aimed for mere melody, that can be said as my inspiration into braving against dealing with one's real events in that way. The life-blood of a master-spirit it is.


    25. I wish Karl Ove had read me this whole book about ponds and water fowl and elm trees and the downs and chalk.



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