- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (13 March 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375707166
- ISBN-13: 978-0375707162
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,12,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A House for Mr. Biswas: A Novel (Vintage International) Paperback – 13 Mar 2001
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"Naipaul has constructed a marvelous prose epic that matches the best nineteenth-century novels for richness of comic insight and final, tragic power."–Newsweek
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The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul's brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas" is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul's father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels.
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. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous-and endless-struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. A heartrending, dark comedy of manners, A House for Mr. Biswas masterfully evokes a man's quest for autonomy against an emblematic post-colonial canvas.
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A very real, very human account of lives that go unnoticed, that are lived in one futile pursuit or the other.
I am, presently, 23 years old and in numerous ways I can relate to the book, either through some of my own experiences or through others’. At the end, the only thought that remains in my mind, is to never repeat the same mistakes as Mr. Biswas. Other than this, you will enjoy the unique prose language of V.S. Naipaul. He acutely and precisely, paints wonderful picture of the surroundings in your mind through his detailed descriptions. Considering his achievements (winning both Booker and Nobel Prize in literature), one may feel intimidated by the book and the time it may require to finish, but I can say, with relish, that it’s a light reading which can easily fit into your schedule.
At last I would like to add that V.S. Naipaul has become my favourite writer, although, this was his third book that I finished, which is considered by some as his masterpiece. I would recommend this to all those who are interested in reading about those Indian colonies that formed in tropical countries during the colonial times and how close or far away, are they, from the culture, that they left behind. A beautiful and engaging book, which, ironically, is about a distorted man who experienced nothing else but calamity.
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