Thursday, December 18th, 2008 | Author:

Sometimes reality can be very terrifying. ‘A Bend in the River’ is a brilliant novel V.S. Naipaul. I thought I would share some excerpts form the book. This book is a must read.

“The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it. “

“Life ends for most people, who stiffen in the attitude they adopt to make themselves suitable for the jobs and lives that other people have laid out for them.”

We make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities. I would have hidden in my hole and been crippled by my sentimentalities, doing what I was doing, and doing it well, but always looking for the wailing wall. And I would never have seen the world as the rich place that it is.”

“People like me have to make their own jobs. It isn’t going to come to you in a brown envelope. The job is there, waiting. But it doesn’t exist for you or anyone until you discover it, and you discover it because it’s for you and you alone.”

My value is the value I place on myself

In this world beggars are the only  people who can be choosers. Everyone else has a side chosen for him. The world is a Rich place. It all depends upon what you choose in it. You can be sentimental and embrace the idea of your own defeat. We have been clinging to the idea of defeat and forgetting that we are men like everybody else. We have been choosing the wrong side. I am tired of being on the loosing side. I don’t want to pass. I know exactly who I am and where I stand in the world. But now I want to win and win and win”

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3 Responses

  1. 1
    Ankit 

    “In this world beggars are the only people who can be choosers. Everyone else has a side chosen for him.

    This one was lovely.

  2. 2
    swapna.s 

    I think every word from the excerpt is so meaningful, the concept of defeat and possibilities are also beautifully explained. It sounds brilliant. Would have liked to know more about the story and its plot.

  3. If you want to know more about the book.- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Bend_in_the_River

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