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A House for Mr. Biswas By V.S. Naipaul,

  • Title: A House for Mr. Biswas
  • Author: V.S. Naipaul
  • ISBN: 9780140030259
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mohun Biswas has spent his 46 years of life striving for independence Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning of his father, he yearns for a place he can call home He marries into the Tulsi family, on whom he becomes dependent, but rebels and takes on a succession of occupations in a struggle to weaken their hold over him.
    A House for Mr Biswas Mohun Biswas has spent his years of life striving for independence Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning of his father he yearns for a place he can call home He marries into th

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    1. This one might make you pull your hair out So if you re already bald you may need to read it wearing a wig Also, you need a magnifying glass to find the plot I had to take samples send them off to a lab Apparently there are detectable traces of story in here But not so s you d notice.No.The whole thing is a slow, ponderous crawl through the life of a Mr Third World Nobody who gets married by accident and appears to have four kids also by accident, without having any sex as far as I could see Pro [...]

    2. A life, from start to finish This is a book for adults people who have struggled continually to figure out how to live their lives, people who have dealt with the opposing forces of obligation to family and the desire for independence It s not a page turner and I admire that There are satisfactions to be found in reading besides wanting to know what happens the ever changing balance of power in families the slight accidents that change lives forever the mulled over decisions which change lives v [...]

    3. Somehow I was biased against V.S Naipaul without any reason so I eschewed reading his books But at last, aware of my hollow prejudice, I made myself read A House for Mr Biswas and the novel was above all my expectations Here and there Mr Maclean s roof leaked that added to the cosiness of shelter Water fell from the corrugations in evenly spaced streams, enclosing the house Water flowed down the sloping land below the roof the pellets of dirt had long disappeared Water gouged out tortuous channe [...]

    4. There it is, a modest roofed structure in Sikkim Street standing tall amid the perfumed beds of anthurium lilies New memories of wet earth after the rain, freshly painted picket fences, the sweet flowers of laburnum tree, mixed aromas flouncing through the warm rooms and wind whiffing through the trees telescoping the painful past A sense of belonging cherished with merited identity Mr Mohun Biswas s house.I shy away from the postcolonial contemporary third world fiction Most of them overwhelm m [...]

    5. Only pick this book up if you wish to slog through than 600 pages filled with the bickering, moans and wailing of a large Indo Trinidadian family A Nobel Prize winner that disappoints The plot is minimal, and the humor not to my taste It bored me to such an extent that I have no desire to fully explain When a book is this boring there is just nothing to say After 144 pages On the back cover Newsweek and Anthony Burgess speak of the book s comic insight and power What are they talking about The [...]

    6. Fun fact touching on both V.S Naipaul and the James Bond movies Did you know that A House for Mr Biswas was once in production as a Broadway musical The following quote is from the obituary of songwriter John Barry, The New York Times, 2 Feb 2011 The origins of the James Bond theme are disputed Mr Norman Barry s biographer said that Barry brushed off a musical passage from Bad Sign, Good Sign, a song he had written for a musical version of the V S Naipaul novel A House for Mr Biswas With a few a [...]

    7. A hugely enjoyable, though simultaneously excruciating, novel Naipaul has created a character in Mohun Biswas who is, at once, deeply unsympathetic prone to minor spites, absurd self regard, and the petty enactment of drawn out and demeaning grudges against those nearest to him but whose struggle to assert his independence, identity and worth against the odds even against the fate outlined for him at birth is utterly compelling The descriptions of family life, of community, and of the natural an [...]

    8. The world is what it is, and so is TrinidadWhile Naipaul may seem to be copying the modality of the nineteenth century novel, his main intention here is to construct a self propagating comic system in a post colonial set up And he succeeds marvelously in that The Naipaul system layered through family, religion, poverty, national identity issues, third world ism, third world journalism and, last but not the least, third world individuality, is a triumph of twentieth century literature Incident af [...]

    9. There s something about owning a property that taps deep into our psyche That feeling of calling four walls and a roof your very own speaks to a sense, not just of ownership, but of belonging The first time I bought an apartment and walked into it, decorated to my own taste, there was an atavistic sense of laying claim to some intangible sense of me It is this search for a sense of identity and belonging that underpins Naipaul s story of Mohun Biswas Because his search for a house to call his ow [...]

    10. All that Mr Biswas wants is respect, not money, not love, not recognition just respect Born in Trinidad in a poor home he is tricked into marrying Shama Tulsi daughter of the well known, very rich Tulsi House, all because he had had the temerity to write I love you on a scrap of paper and hand it over to her Although warned by many he persists in marrying her Everyone knows that the Tulsis are on lookout for drones for their daughters, once married the husbands become their property They live wi [...]

    11. Biswas is my kind of novel Some complain that it is a bit meandering and aimless, and this is true to an extent But what the book aims to accomplish I suspect is not to give the reader some nice and tidy story with a beginning, middle, and end Naipaul is aiming for something far epic to describe a man s life He literally starts with Biswas s birth and tracks this willful, sad, cocky man s life all the way to his death The fact that Biswas s life is full of the mundane does not make the book any [...]

    12. So later, and very slowly, in securer times of different stresses, when the memories had lost the power to hurt, with pain or joy, they would fall into place and give back the past Page 557Found near the very end of the novel, this little gem of a sentence is not only a beautiful and evocative bit of prose in it s own right which it certainly is , but also seems to me a perfect key to understanding Naipaul s wonderful novel about Mohun Biswas, a most unfortunate man trying to get by in post colo [...]

    13. The Trinidadian English dialogue is just brilliant, and the people are all so tragic and hilarious at the same time, and Mr Biswas is called Mr Biswas from the time he is BORN How can you beat that Even if you think Naipaul s politics stink, there s no denying this book is a masterpiece.

    14. V S Naipaul s fourth novel is his longest so far Still mining the Trinidadian Indian Hindu community amid which he grew up, the locations, people, traditions, the Pundits and the strivers, the remnants of the Indian caste system, are all in play Having read all four books, I swear I feel as though I know these people well.This is a somber book Some humor remains but it felt as though Naipaul s affection for his people had waned The story covers the entire life of Mr Biswas from his birth under [...]

    15. Difficult to keep the clear id ees when a book is preceded such a reputation Sublimate, inevitably sublimates We can only find that brilliant Respect End of history.Can we not like what everyone likes Can one not hate but find that only well made but not transcendantal.If not it is well written, but I have difficulty to impassioning myself for this history.

    16. This novel is, as Ben Thurley wrote on , excruciating and yet highly enjoyable It succeeds less because of the detritus of the title character s mostly miserable life than because of the third person, nearly omniscient narrator s wonderfully observing voice There were many times I wanted to put down this overlong novel, but there are so many singularly moving, humorous, and enlightening passages and sections that I would have been foolish as Mr Biswas to have abandoned it.If you give this book a [...]

    17. The novel that marked VS Naipaul s rise as one of the world s literary stalwarts, A House for Mr Biswas straddles the years before and after World War II The eponymous Mr Biswas is named Mohun, and is called either that, or Biswas , or Man , or, derisively, crab catcher by those around him, but always referred to tellingly by his narrator as Mr Biswas As a baby, as a boy, he is still, in Naipaul s words, Mr Biswas, an indication, perhaps, of Biswas s lifelong need only partly and rarely fulfille [...]

    18. This, my first Naipaul, and probably his best, though no hilarious than Miguel Street Many of his later books are non fiction, like Among the Believers, A Tour in the South, or even The Loss of El Dorado Here, Hanuman House is everybody s nightmare mother in law s The name evokes the Hindu god of war, a common stereotype of the mother in law made new in its witty application to the family home Since Hanuman House holds all the in laws, including brothers in law and Biswas wife s nieces etc this [...]

    19. Living legend V.S Naipaul s masterpiece This anti bildungsroman traces the protagonist supposedly based on Naipaul s father from being born wrong to his tragic but timely death The sweep and detail of the novel will amaze you, but it s not for the faint of heart Mohun Biswas is not a likeable character, and the circumstances of his life post colonial Trinidad are difficult Put aside your judgements of him and let yourself get caught up in the story You won t be disappointed.

    20. I had the greatest connection with what Mr Biswas was going through It helped me to find peace with the truth that what is perfect for one person does not actually have to be perfect, it just has to be theirs.

    21. EDIT Just found out that this author is a racist who thinks Africans need to be kicked that s the only thing they understand He s also an abuser who violently beat his mistress and thought it was a sign of his passion for her Thanks to this review for the links I wish I could find the following quoted comments funny, but people get hurt because of people like Naipaul s bigotry The fact that he can dismiss an entire sex and an entire race of people indicates a social system that supports such a p [...]

    22. Knowing virtually nothing about this book before I opened it, it took me some time to adjust to it You see, this is not a drama or an adventure, it is the story of one man s life Once I became used to the idea that this book would not have a traditional plot, that it was a darkly humourous take on the life of the little man , I was immediately engrossed Mr Biswas is an unlikeable chap He repeatedly embarrasses himself, he is weak, he is temperamental, he strikes out irrationally at those closest [...]

    23. I read this book when I was about 30 This book is really for a very mature audience, for people who have experienced life The main character is mercurial in a sense We all at some point in our lives become anxious with life, that we should be than what we turned out to be For some people, this is an obsession When we hit mid life, there s an urgency to achieve what we dreamed of when we were younger but never achieved For Mr Biswas, since there is no way he will be anything , a house is all he [...]

    24. Ok, I ve spent over 4 days with this and am nearly halfway, but I m going to cut my losses I was hoping for something like A Fine Balance, and since Naipaul has won a few awards, including the Nobel, I thought I could expect something than what it is I just looked at a couple of reviews both a 4 star and a 2 star and it just isn t going to get better I ve said many times that I really like my life, but it isn t very interesting in the retelling This was the story of the life of Mr Biswas from [...]

    25. Took a while to finish because it was so depressing Rasa macam menonton this one guy gets into a big hole either by his own fault atau orang lain , he gets out then jatuh balik ke dalam lubang yang sama Berkali kali.Beberapa watak was just infuriating and frustrating, penulis berjaya dalam mencipta watak yang dibenci sepenuh hati.Watak utama pula, minta untuk disimpati Dan bila kita sudah penat bersimpati, kita mula membenci Dan bila kita sedar we can relate so much to the him, kita mula bergelu [...]

    26. 2 starsI read this for school and sometimes I get lucky and actually like the book that s assigned, however, not so much with this one It was extremely random throughout the entirety of the book and there was nothing I really liked, when I think about it.Overall, I m pretty glad to be done with it.

    27. My favourite novel to date.For those who are giving this book bad reviews this might be helpful I highly doubt that Mr Naipaul s primary goal in this book was to entertain or teach anyone about Indo Trinidadian culture I have to say, though, there s plenty to learn in this book about the latter Primarily, this is the story of one Mohun Biswas, who was born the wrong way and with an extra finger The childhood of Mr Biswas was very interesting, especially to someone who s ever walked to school bar [...]

    28. Having read V S Naipaul s A Million Mutinies Now a epic travelogue for its sheer scope and detailing and An Area of Darkness an unforgiving, somewhat crude description of post Independence India , one surmises that whether one chooses to agree or not with his highly provocative, opinionated views, there s never a dull moment around his writings a major asset for any author Also, Naipaul very successfully manages to articulate his thoughts in simple, lucid language, and yet dazzles you with the r [...]

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