V.S. Naipaul: NOT a Friend of Jane

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According to the Guardian’s review of V.S. Naipaul’s latest book, it includes the following comment about Jane Austen:

Jane Austen: ‘If the country had failed in the 19th century, no one would have been reading Jane Austen.’

This must be one of those things where you take something out of context and it changes the meaning, because frankly it makes no bally sense to us whatsoever.

Though our Inner 14-Year-Old Smart Aleck is dying to reply, “Yeah, well, good thing the country didn’t fail then, ain’t it?” And then stick its tongue out.