Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series

A HOUSE FOR MR. BISWAS

Publisher: Everyman's Library

 

The book that turned the gentle satirist of the Caribbean into a major literary figure, this is the story of a man who, without a single asset, enters a life devoid of opportunity; his tumble-down house becomes a potent symbol of the search for identity in a postcolonial world. His most widely read novel.

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I. Pastoral

Shortly before he was born there had been another quarrel between Mr Biswas's mother Bipti and his father Raghu, and Bipti had taken her three children and walked all the way in the hot sun to the village where her mother Bissoondaye lived. There Bipti had cried and told the old story of Raghu's...
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READING GUIDE

The introduction, discussion questions, author biography, and suggested reading list that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of V. S. Naipaul's 1961 classic, A House for Mr. Biswas. We hope they will provide you with new ways of thinking and talking about the novel Anthony Burgess called "a work of...
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PRAISE FOR

"Naipaul has constructed a marvelous prose epic that matches the best nineteenth-century novels for richness of comic insight and final, tragic power."–Newsweek