The Masque of Africa by V.S. Naipaul
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The Masque of Africa Summary
Like all of V. S. Naipaul's "travel" books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam, the cults of leaders and mythical history) upon the progress of civilization.
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"A sharply written and engrossing exploration of the effects of religious and spiritual belief on societies. Effective both as a vivid piece of travel writing and for its glimpses of belief in Africa." - Library Journal
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V.S. Naipaul Author Biography
V.S. Naipaul (Vidiadhar Surajprasad) was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad, on 17
August 1932, the eldest son of a second-generation Indian. He was educated at
Queen's Royal College, Trinidad, and, after winning a government scholarship, in
England at University College, Oxford. He worked briefly for the BBC as a writer
and editor for the 'Caribbean Voices' programme.
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