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.
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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. About A House for Mr. Biswas The book that turned the gentle satirist of the Caribbean into a major literary figure, in a hardcover edition with an introduction by Karl Miller. His birth ill-omened, his life dominated by fitful, comic struggles and resentful truces with those to whom he is obligated, Mr.
Mohun Biswas of Trinidad, toward the end of his forty-sixth year on earth, triumphantly purchases his own house and becomes his own man. Around this supremely simple story, V. Naipaul builds one of the few virtually perfect novels in our language, a book that is—in the balance struck between its small incidents and its large, overarching patterns, in the ironic beauty of its prose—at once compelling, mysterious, and classical. It is also one of the few novels in any language that transcend their own genre.
By the end of A House for Mr. Biswas we are reading not only a tragicomic masterpiece of social manners in a postcolonial society but a tremendous parable about the individual self in its enslavement to time and change, and in its search for freedom.
A House for Mr Biswas
Biswas is the one closest to me. It is the most personal, created out of what I saw and felt as a child. It also contains, I believe, some of my funniest writing. I began as a comic writer and still consider myself one.
A House for Mr Biswas Summary
Plot[ edit ] Mohun Biswas based on V. His birth was considered inauspicious as he is born " in the wrong way " and with an extra finger. A pundit prophesies that the newborn child "will be a lecher and a spendthrift. Possibly a liar as well", and that he will "eat up his mother and father". The pundit advises that the boy be kept "away from trees and water. Particularly water". The boy, who has never seen water "in its natural form", becomes distracted and allows the calf to wander off.
A House for Mr. Biswas