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With an introduction by author Teju Cole, A House for Mr Biswas is Nobel Prize in Literature winner V S Naipaul s unforgettable masterpiece Heart rending and darkly comic, it has been hailed as one of the twentieth century s finest novels, a classic that evokes a man s quest for autonomy against the backdrop of post colonial Trinidad.He was struck again and again by the wonder of being in his own house, the audacity of it to walk in through his own front gate, to bar entry to whoever he wished, to close his doors and windows every night.Mr Biswas has been told since the day of his birth that misfortune will follow him and so it has Meaning only to avoid punishment, he causes the death of his father and the dissolution of his family Wanting simply to flirt with a beautiful woman, he ends up marrying her, and reluctantly relying on her domineering family for support.But in spite of endless setbacks, Mr Biswas is determined to achieve independence, and so he begins his gruelling struggle to buy a home of his own....

Title : A House For Mr Biswas: Picador Classic (English Edition)
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Publisher : Picador Auflage Main Market 25 Februar 2016
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A House For Mr Biswas: Picador Classic (English Edition) Reviews

  • J. Schulze Hobeling
    2019-03-14 17:28

    Dieser Roman ist ein Meisterwerk. V.S. Naipaul hat zurecht dafür den Nobelpreis bekommen. Ein Stück karibischer Geschichte wunderbar erzählt. Dieses Buch sollte in jedem Regal stehen.

  • Nari Vaswani
    2019-03-24 19:23

    The book received in good contion, deliverd on time as indicated at the time of purchase. Am very satisfied wih the purchase.

  • None
    2019-03-26 16:36

    In splendid prose V. S. Naipaul tells the story of a man's life in a place where few readers have been and among people few have seen. Mr. Biswas is born in Trinidad to descendants of Indian immigrants. Few readers, too, have felt all of the influences on his life: a fatherless childhood, poverty, dependence upon his mother's relatives, little schooling, a loveless marriage, and, most lasting, dependence upon his wife's family. Under these influences, he is carried along like flotsam, shaped and propelled by the results of his thoughtless actions and trusting nature. In a society of small scope, and considering the influences on his life, the odds against his finding a niche in society suited to his temperament and intellect are overwhelming. To the delight of literary people Mr. Biswas' incessant reading allows him to beat the odds, but in keeping with the absurdity of his life, the most significant reading was of newspapers serving as wallpaper in the room where he was having a nervous breakdown. His employment, while it can keep him sane, cannot alter his circumstances. He can only struggle against the entrapment, aware but impotent. This is a story of that awareness, and reading it improves our own.

  • None
    2019-03-27 15:51

    Reading A House for Mr Biswas for the first time some years ago was a tremendous experience for me. In the story of Mohun Biswas -- particularly in the story of his muddled attempts to realize his aspirations -- I could see, with sometimes painful clarity, aspects of my own life and my own emotions. I could see also images of things that I knew of my father's life; and I was particularly moved when I learned later that Biswas was based loosely on the life of Naipaul's father.In Mohun Biswas, Naipaul has constructed a character, while not heroic nor particularly admirable, who embodies the struggles and desires and self-doubts that a lot of us (non-heroic and non-admirable) people experience. And Naipual has brought to his study of Biswas (and by extension to his consideration of his father's life) an extraordinary insight, one that is compassionate yet clear-sighted. I felt, after reading Biswas, that I understood myself better, more clearly, than before. No other novel I have ever read has given me this feeling to quite this extent. I would not hesitate to rank A House for Mr Biswas as the equal of the best nineteenth-century novels.

  • None
    2019-02-26 13:42

    Naipaul has crafted a fine novel. Having said that, however, I would then say that I didn't find it funny or endearing, which is how it was represented to me. The story is more pathetic than inspiring. Mr. Biswas leads a callow and unfulfilled life, which is primarily his fault. There is no deep psychological introspection like Dostoyevsky or Dickens. The only character whose psyche we delve into is Mr. Biswas, and to be perfectly honest, his is not a psyche I would like to spend six hundred pages delving into again. I did not enjoy his character and he was not emotionally or intellectually articulated enough to have a love/hate relationship with. A selfish and cruel person, like an immature and careless child, he never grows up or gains our respect. The remaining characters' actions are left for us to interpret, adding an enigmatic quality. I floated through the story trying to attach myself, but how could I when Mr. Biswas never does. The descriptions of Trinidad and his society are beautifully written. If you are interested in a portrait of the life I can't recommend a better novel.

  • None
    2019-03-24 13:43

    Like most of the other reviewers, I was captivated by Naipaul's obvious mastery of the language. This book is worth reading for that alone. But it also worth reading for the beauty of the story. It is a simple story: a man is born into a world devoid of opportunity; he feels himself belittled by that world, trapped in a role that makes him merely an appendage in other people's lives; against the odds and all expectations, he carves out a place for himself, a home, where he can be his own man and the leading actor of his own life. While it is true that the character Mohun Biswas is not entirely sympathetic -- indeed he is often exasperating and occasionally contemptible -- I felt I understood why he acted as he did, and could empathize. This is a testimony to the power of Naipaul's artistry; he has, in tracing Biswas from birth to death, created a fully developed human being, as perfect a simulcram of a real person as exists in modern literature. Being able to understand, and share in, the life journey of such a character is a powerful experience.

  • None
    2019-03-15 16:50

    Reading " A house..." was an experience in itself for me.A fine novel. The story, beautifully crafted, was more pathetic than humorous. Even Mr. Biswas's sardonic humour is strangely more tragic and ironic than funny. His struggle for economic independence from his domineering in-laws, to his loveless marriage to a fatherless and abusive childhood made me empathise with him. He is at times, exhasperating, but i understand why he acted the way he did. Contrary to what another reader felt, i think his unfulfilled life was not entirely his doing. He was a definite victim of circumstances and the myopic customs very much a part of his society. Biswas's struggle is one more for self-expression than one with the Tulsis. The claustrophobic and constricting atmosphere of Hanuman House leads him to his crusade against the Tulsis...It is a struggle for assertion of his self...a need to be.