A HOUSE FOR MR. BISWAS

Publisher: Vintage Canada
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.

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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...
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PRAISE FOR

“A marvelous prose epic that matches the best nineteenth-century novels for richness of comic insight, and final, tragic power.” -- Newsweek