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Mr Biswas had built two houses of his own and spent much time looking at houses.

Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932–. A house for Mr. Biswas, V. Naipaul-1st Vintage Books ed. p. cm. 1. East Indians-Trinidad and Tobago-Fiction. Mr Biswas had built two houses of his own and spent much time looking at houses. Yet he was inexperienced. When Mr Biswas came back from the hospital for the first time, he found that the house had been prepared for him. The small garden had been made tidy, the downstairs walls distempered. The Prefect motorcar was in the garage, driven there weeks before from the Sentinel office by a friend.

One afternoon Mr Biswas came back from the Sentinel and as soon as he pushed his cycle through the front gate he saw that the rose garden at the side of the house had been destroyed and the ground levelled, red earth mingling with the black

One afternoon Mr Biswas came back from the Sentinel and as soon as he pushed his cycle through the front gate he saw that the rose garden at the side of the house had been destroyed and the ground levelled, red earth mingling with the black. The plants were in a bundle against the corrugated iron fence.

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V S Naipaul A House for Mr Biswas Introduction by Karl Miller

V S Naipaul A House for Mr Biswas Introduction by Karl Miller. Flann O’Brien The Complete Novels: At Swim-Two Birds, The Third Policeman, The Poor Mouth, The Hard Life, The Dalkey Archive Introduction by Keith Donohue. George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four Introduction by Julian Symons.

A House for Mr Biswas is a 1961 novel by V. Naipaul, significant as Naipaul's first work to achieve acclaim worldwide. It is the story of Mohun Biswas, an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house. It relies on some biographical elements from the experience of the author's father, and views a colonial world sharply with postcolonial perspectives.

A House for Mr. Biswas. The primary, eponymous novella from "In a Free State" is in fact ABSENT from this hardcover omnibus, which only contains the shorter sketches from "In a Free State" ("One Out of Many" and "Tell Me Who to Kill").

It is the story of Mr Mohun Biswas, an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house

It is the story of Mr Mohun Biswas, an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house. Drawing some elements from the life of Naipaul's father, the work is primarily a sharply-drawn look at life in a fledgling postcolonial world.

Part of Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series. About A House for Mr. Biswas

Part of Everyman’s Library Contemporary Classics Series. Part of Vintage International. Category: Literary Fiction. In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity.

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Mallador
I always try to spot a special detail by Nobel Prize Winners -- in this case Trinidad and Tobago's Nobel Prize Literature Winner.
The Prologue prepares the reader for learning about the life of Mr Mohum Biswas. Right from the beginning the author refers to Mohun as Mr Biswas beginning when he was a baby and on to the end. This advances the main character a notch or two.
This novel exposes the reader to life in the Caribbean islands-country during the early days of World War II. Most of the characters are people from India who had decided to migrate to Trinidad and Tobago as a means to escape the Indian caste system.
I was taken in by the description of the living conditions of this particular group and its interactions as extended families with members trying to maintain their traditions while adjusting to conditions in the West -- in this case the mainly Port of Spain.
The reader is given the opportunity to have a taste of the former UK colony and one of its most important immigrant groups. The variations of the English language are wonderful.
A bit of warning: Women, especially, and children included, are not treated well by modern standards.
Wat!?
I have been a fan of the writing of V.S. Naipaul for some time, and I've been meaning to getting around to reading his career-making novel A House For Mr Biswas (1961). It is a rather long novel, so it has remained on the shelf (metaphorically speaking-since I read the ebook version). However, Naipaul's recent death and Barack Obama's recommendation as a summer read moved it up my book reading queue. And I'm glad I finally got around to reaing it. It is an epic comic novel with great dialogue and written in a grand style about the comic-tragic Mr Biswas. The scale and execution calls to mind another great darkly comedic novel-Cormac McCarthy's Suttree. Biswas is an Indian born on the tropical island of Trinidad who spends his life trying to live with dignity and achieve his life-long dream of becoming a home owner. It almost seems as if his life is merely a series of tragic-comedic events that follow one after another-humor and pathos can be found in every aspect of his life from his birth, too his life as a sign painter, to his marriage, and subsequent post-married family life spent mostly in the company of his wife's family and relations that gives that story much of its comic vitality as the petty squabbles and other interactions between the family relations and inhabitants of the shared housing community drive the story. Naipaul has created many unforgettable characters, Biswas and his manner of speaking is not the very least of these. I daresay I am tempted to add the job description of "crab catcher" to my arsenal of personal insults. I must say I unexpectedly enjoyed this novel much more than I anticipated and will probably steer me toward his earlier comedic novels as well. That being said, I am looking forward to getting around to the several other Naipaul penned books that I have designated for future reading.
CrazyDemon
A House for Mr. Biswas is one of my favorite books. Poor Mr. B.: all he wants is to live with his nuclear family without interference from his horde of inlaws. Desperately funny much of the time, this is still a very sad and even tragic book. Naipaul's skill at character development and plot surprises keeps the reader fully engaged.
Musical Aura Island
The journey of Mr. Biswas from a sad beginning in the country to becoming a painter and a long road to being a journalist, and all the places he lived is marvelous and extremely captivating. The depiction of Indian people in Trinidad and how they protected the culture is fascinating and makes the reader want more. The relationships he had in his life, although many shallow including the one with his wife, is typical of the times and culture, and is a hard piece to describe. But V. S. Naipaul wrote it brilliantly, I could almost feel what the characters were feeling. Highly recommend- especially to understand the Indian culture of the time.
romrom
I recommend this book to anyone. Naipaul writes a sensitive and sympathetic life of a man and a family in a particular point in time and place, which is to say nothing about why the book is great. It is great because it simply holds up an individual and shows him in all of his ordinary-ness and glory and that the two qualities are inherent in everyone. This book makes the reader a better person, or can. This is not the place for a full review so just get it and read it. Check it out from the library or e-read it if necessary.

I am very impressed with the quality of this printing. The book is solid and comfortable. The paper and type are enjoyable to feel and to read. I gave it as a gift but would not mind someone giving me a copy!
JoldGold
My favorite novel.

I am re-reading it because I nominated it for the book club I belong to.
I love the simultaneously funny and tragic wording and the heart breaking throw away moments that Naipaul slips into the narrative.
It is beautifully written.
Mr Biswas might have written it himself.

The diaspora of ethnic South Asians to such places as the Caribbean and Africa is not much known so this is also an eye opener to another culture.
Precious
Very interesting book. It is not exactly easy to read, many times I caught myself hating the characters other times cheering for them, then they disappoint me somehow, etc... The book presents so many perspectives, so many characters, that it is impossible to not develop empathy for each of them. Regarding the story itself, there are parts where many things happen, while in others it seems like a long waiting, just like life. I am a fan of the author and this was the harder book to read. (in a good, but painful way)
Vivid description of displaced Indian to Trinidad. Cultural confusions and combined family. Matriarchal dominance and confused passage of time with reluctant acceptance of fate. In-depth story of a man with different entanglement. Very interesting and revealing.
A House for Mr. Biswas (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) download epub
Contemporary
Author: aa
ISBN: 1857152131
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Everyman's Library; 56272nd edition (1994)
Pages: 564 pages