A House for Mr Biswas


A ook that turned the gentle satirist of the Caribbean into a major literary figure, this is tory of woma who, without a single asset, enters a life devoid of opportunity; his tumble-down house becomes a potent symbol of the search for identity in a postcolonial world. His most widely read novel.

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A House for Mr. Biswas
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Published November 14th 1995 by Everyman's Library (first published 1961

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Only pick this book up if you want to slog through more than 600 pages filled with the bickering, moans and wailing of a large Indo-Trinidadian family.

This plot is minimal, and the humor not to my taste.

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However if you 're already bald you may eed to read it wearing a wig.

Well, you expect a magnifying glass to find the plot.

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S. Naipaul novel A House for Mr. Biswas.

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But at firs, aware of my hollow prejudice, I made myself read A House for Mr Biswas and the ovel was above all my expectations. “ Here and there Mr. Maclean ’ s roof leaked; that added to the cosiness of shelter.

Water flowed down the sloping land below the roof; the pellets of dirt had long disappeared.

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The feelin of belonging cherished with merited identity-Mr. Mohun Biswas ’ s house.I shy away from the postcolonial contemporary third world fiction.

Blamed for his ather ’ s death and the dissolution of the Biswas family, he struggles through every twisted fate of his life trying to convince a speck of self-respect, contentment and independence.

All the man ants in his life is a cozy dwelling without the fear of acerbic prejudices.

For an individual who not only thrives in poverty but is tossed among bizarre quarters of underprivileged hardships; the elief of owning a house becomes deeply satisfying, somewhat a battle in itself.

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