A House for Mr.Biswas

A House for Mr.Biswas

3.81 (14,167 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

List price: US$14.22

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


"A House for Mr Biswas" is V.S. Naipaul's unforgettable third novel. Born the "wrong way" and thrust into a world that greeted him with little more than a bad omen, Mohun Biswas has spent his 46 years of life striving for independence. But his determined efforts have met only with calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning of his father, Mr Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. He marries into the domineering Tulsi family, on whom he becomes indignantly dependent, but rebels and takes on a succession of occupations in an arduous struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. Heartrending and darkly comic, "A House for Mr Biswas" masterfully evokes a man's quest for autonomy against the backdrop of post-colonial Trinidad. 'A marvellous prose epic that matches the best 19th century novels' - "Newsweek".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 45.72mm | 340.19g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0330487191
  • 9780330487191
  • 209,786

Review quote

'A marvellous prose epic that matches the best 19th century novels' Newsweekshow more

Review Text

One of the few indisputably great novels of the century. Mr Biswas is one of the great tragicomic characters of the century. Born into the expatriate Indian community in Trinidad, he is trained as a pundit, but fails in his vocation. He becomes a journalist, only to fail at that too. He marries into a large, all-enveloping family but remains an outsider within it. He's not an admirable character but anybody who reads this book will be the richer for having known him. Review by Pat Barker, Booker Prize-winning author of Regeneration Trilogy (Kirkus UK)show more

About V. S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including A Bend in the River, The Mystic Masseur and The Enigma of Arrival, and ten books of non-fiction including An Area of Darkness and Among the Believers. He has won the Booker Prize, the John Lleweiyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the WH Smith award and in 1993 was awarded the first David Cohen British Literature Award. His latest novel, Half A Life, was published in September 2001. Shortly afterwards he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He lives in Wiltshire.show more

Rating details

14,167 ratings
3.81 out of 5 stars
5 30% (4,201)
4 36% (5,033)
3 25% (3,477)
2 7% (1,038)
1 3% (418)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X