20th Century House For Mr Biswas Paperback – Feb 1 1993
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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A House for Mr. Biswas opens with the announcement of the death of our hero, and then traces his past though his youth, marriage, career, and the achievement of his lifelong dream-the acquisition of his own home. Mr. Biswas is representative of everyone who has struggled to identify themselves as an individual in a crowd. Having lived his life under the ostensible control of others, it is only in this final achievement of possessing a home that he truly becomes free. Naipaul's often acclaimed prose is readily evident in this fond portrayal of his father, and his often declaimed pessimism is nowhere to be found by this reader. Although Mr.Read more ›
During my frenzied reading, I felt my literary sensibilities bursting with such fervour. As an ardent bookworm, I have always associated the art of reading with the will to live, the desire and willingness to savour life's bittersweet moments. Indeed, my reading hibernation ended with the gradual bloom of Spring. In fact, A House for Mr Biswas recalled to mind my Indiophile tendencies which had been laid to rest for quite some time. Through the sometimes comical, witty, and the quietly desperate Mohun Biswas, I found myself reclaiming something of myself. Indeed, the character of Mr Biswas felt like a kindred soul who, like me, has spent almost a lifetime carving out a distinct identity which struggles against calamitous and trivial events alike time and time again.
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Using an unreliable and not completely likeable but nonetheless sympathetic narrator to offer a critique and insights into the daily lives, nuances and reality of complex family... Read morePublished on April 29 2013 by pragmatic consumer
You can click on my "about me" icon and see that I don't shy away from heavier literature. And I really, really wanted this novel to work for me. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2002 by Stacey Cochran
I'd always gone along with the bias against Naipaul due to his conservative, some would say neocolonial, politics. Big mistake. Read morePublished on May 12 2002 by Tony Thomas
This book defines "engaging". Though I have never been to Trinidad, I now feel like I've spent significant time there. Read morePublished on March 9 2002 by greglor
Despite the tears, nobody ever says this thoughout this long, fascinating book. A story of generations, of family dispute and disparity, A House For Mr. Read morePublished on March 5 2002 by asphlex
This was VS Naipaul's break-out book, although it took a few years for it to really take off, first in England, and then everywhere else. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2002 by Ryan
A House For Mr. Biswas, the acclaimed novel by Nobel prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul, reads like an epic and is clearly the work of an accomplished writer. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2002 by Matthew Krichman
A House for Mr. Biswas, is not so much the story of Mr. Biswas, but of the South Asian extended family - its turmoil, gossip, reunions and joys. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2002
i went though an "indian author" stage and mr. biswas was one of my favorites...i could actually smell the deteriorating paint on the house, it's dreams, the human sweat... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2001