A house for Mr. Biswas

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Penguin Books, 1992 - Fiction - 589 pages
22 Reviews
The book that first brought Naipaul worldwide acclaim, this richly comic novel tells the moving story of a man without a single asset who enters a life devoid of opportunity, and whose tumble-down house becomes a potent symbol of the search for identity in a postcolonial world.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Naipaul waivers on the brink between comedy and tragedy - a bit like the real world. Remorselessly depressing, this is the tale of a dream that never quite becomes a reality. Mr Biswas is all of us ... Read full review

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User Review  - TheWasp - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the writing, but the book left me feeling quite sad. Mr Biswas was born in to poverty in Trinidad and struggled all his life to rise above it. He was married young and engulfed into his wife ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
7
PART ONE 1 Pastoral
15
Before the Tulsis
41
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Born in Trinidad of Hindu parents, V. S. Naipaul was educated at Oxford University and has lived in Great Britain since 1950. With an exile's sensibility, Naipaul's writing is concerned with both the West Indies of his childhood and his strong identification with India. A House for Mr. Biswas (1961), his most well-known work, solidified his reputation as a novelist. It tells the tragicomic story of the search for independence and identity of a Brahmin Indian living in Trinidad. Naipaul's work, even when he appears to be analyzing a picturesque character, is really an analysis of the entire society of Trinidad. The Middle Passage (1962) extends this analysis of the social order to other areas of the West Indies. His novel, A Bend in the River (1979) set in a new African nation, depicts the difficulties ordinary people face during times of political upheaval. A Turn in the South (1989) is a sensitive portrayal of the American South. Naipaul is regarded by many as one of the best writers of our time, and he is a perennial nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he finally won on October 11, 2001.