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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0375707166
ISBN-13: 9780375707162
Sku: 30689639
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  576
Age Range:  NA
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Ten weeks before he died, Mr. Mohun Biswas, a journalist of Sikkim street, St. James, Port of Spain, was sacked. (from the first line)
Owning a small portion of the Trinidad earth and a respectable house of his own is the dream and the reality sustaining Mohun Biswas through a life of frustration and despair after he marries into the domineering Tulsi family. Reprint. 15,000 first printing. *Author: Naipaul, V. S. *Series Title: Vintage International *Publication Date: 2001/03/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25
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Owning a small portion of the Trinidad earth and a respectable house of his own is the dream and the reality sustaining Mohun Biswas through a life of frustration and despair after he marries into the domineering Tulsi family.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.
Continually faced with homelessness and manipulated by people in power, Mr. Biswas becomes obsessed with the idea of having his own house. Twice, he attempts to build, but the schemes fail. He finds a good job but loses it. Finally, he borrows money and, on impulse, buys a house that is shabby and defective--if not downright dangerous--but is at last a home for Mr. Biswas and his family. He dies shortly after of a heart attack, but is left with the satisfaction of having at last achieved some control over his life.
Author Bio
V.S. Naipaul
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in Trinidad to parents of Indian descent. He immigrated to England in 1950 to attend Oxford and has spent most of his life in the United Kingdom. Working in English, Naipaul writes both fiction and nonfiction and says, "I see my nonfiction as an integral part of my work." His works are often satirical, and Naipaul invariably infuses his writing with a deep understanding of and affection for the Caribbean way of life. A central theme in his work is the damaging effect of imperialism on the people of the Third World, though he has also been accused by critics such as Edward Said for his marginalization of native cultures and his fierce attacks on fundamentalist Islam. Naipaul, despite his infamous ill-treatment of his friends, lovers, and mistresses, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. Upon awarding him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, the academy said, "Like the great masters of the past, V.S. Naipaul tells stories which show us ourselves and the reality we live in. His use of language is as precise as it is beautiful. Simple, strong words, with which to express the humanity of all of us." They add, "Against all likelihood, a spirit of pure comedy flows through his early books. It is a saving grace."


New Yorker
"His ear is flawless...The pleasure of watching him at work is sufficient in itself...Naipaul's portrait of the Trinidad-Indian community is wonderfully calm and full."

"Conceived and executed within the great tradition of the humanistic novel, A HOUSE FOR MR. BISWAS is as subtle and comprehensive an analysis of the colonial situation as anything in imaginative literature." - Francis Wyndham

New York Herald Tribune (1924-1966)
"Naipaul has a wry and an engaging sense of humor, as well as a delicate understanding of sadness and futility..."

"The best book I've ever read about a house is V.S. Naipaul's novel A HOUSE FOR MR. BISWAS." - Katherine A. Powers 07/12/2009

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