A House for Mr. Biswas

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

  • Title: A House for Mr. Biswas
  • Author: V.S. Naipaul
  • ISBN: 9780140030259
  • Page: 397
  • 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.

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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 co [...]

    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 [...]

    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 to [...]

    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 overw [...]

    5. Only pick this book up if you wish to slog through more 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 more 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 [...]

    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. B [...]

    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 t [...]

    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. Inc [...]

    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 [...]

    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 propert [...]

    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 more 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 mak [...]

    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 pos [...]

    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 more 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 birt [...]

    15. Difficult to keep the clear idéees 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 g [...]

    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 [...]

    18. أحلام السيد بيسواس لم تكن كبيرة ، فهو لم يحلم بأكثر من الزواج من فتاة يعيش معها الحياة التي رآها في الكتب ممكنة ، ثم أنه تمنّى أن تكون له مهنة تناسب طموحاته ، ثم أنه تمنّى أن يحظى بالإحترام ، ثم أخيراً تمنّى أن يكون له بيت ؛ بيت يكون له بمثابة الوطن ، يحتضنه حين تقسو عليه الدنيا [...]

    19. This, my first Naipaul, and probably his best, though no more 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 [...]

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. 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 s [...]

    23. 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 t [...]

    24. 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 more 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 more, a h [...]

    25. 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 more like A Fine Balance, and since Naipaul has won a few awards, including the Nobel, I thought I could expect something more 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 M [...]

    26. 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 be [...]

    27. تاريخ القراءة الأصلي : ٢٠٠١النثر في هذه الرواية جميل لدرجة التحليق في السماء بلا نهاية

    28. 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.

    29. 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 [...]

    30. 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 yo [...]

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