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A House For Mr Biswas

A House For Mr Biswas

  • Author: V. S. Naipaul
  • Publisher: Picador
  • ISBN: 1743295812
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 200
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"A marvellous prose epic that matches the best nineteenth-century novels" Newsweek "A work of great comic power qualified with firm and unsentimental compassion." Anthony Burgess 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.

V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas

V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas

  • Author: Arunoday Mukherjee
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9789380145693
  • Category:
  • Page: 216
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A House for Mr. Biswas

A House for Mr. Biswas

  • Author: Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Caribbean fiction (English)
  • Page: 531
  • View: 2017
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Poor but high-caste Hindu of Trinidad, under the rule of his domineering mother-in-law, longs desperately for a house of his own. A picture of Hindu life in the West Indies.

Order and Chaos in Colonial Trinidad: V. S. Naipaul's Novel "A House for Mr Biswas"

Order and Chaos in Colonial Trinidad: V. S. Naipaul's Novel

  • Author: Dietrich Arlart
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag
  • ISBN: 3638721329
  • Category:
  • Page: 74
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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2004 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Trier, 25 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Die vorliegende Arbeit befasst sich mit dem ersten grossen Roman des aus Trinidad stammenden, in England lebenden Literaturnobelpreistragers Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas. Naipaul schildert aus der Erinnerung den Lebensweg seines eigenen Vaters im spatkolonialen Trinidad, der gekennzeichnet ist vom Kampf um Unabhangigkeit und Eigenstandigkeit, von der Suche nach Orientierung und einer gultigen Ordnung in einer von gesellschaftlichen Umwalzungen gepragten Umgebung. Biswas' individualistische Suche spielt sich ab vor dem Hintergrund einer traditionellen hinduistischen Grossfamilie. Das einzigartige gesellschaftliche Gefuge der Westindischen Inseln in der ersten Halfte des 20. Jahrhunderts und insbesondere das Vorhandensein einer zahlenmassig betrachtlichen indischen Minderheit bedarf zunachst einer knappen geschichtlichen Herleitung. Die Strukturen und Ordnungsprinzipien der indischen Gesellschaftsgruppe - und die Entwicklungen, denen diese unterworfen sind - werden dann anhand der Tulsis, der Grossfamilie, in die Biswas einheiratet, naher beleuchtet. Im Anschluss daran folgt eine Auseinandersetzung mit Biswas selbst. Zum besseren Verstandnis seines Charakters erfolgt zunachst eine Untersuchung seines eigenen familiaren Hintergrunds. Dieser bildet eine Erklarungsgrundlage fur Biswas' Orientierungsversuche. Verschiedene Orientierungsangebote, die sich ihm im Laufe seines Lebens eroffnen, werden auf ihre Gultigkeit fur Biswas hin untersucht. Abschliessend wird neben dem Versuch einer Klarung der Ausgangsfrage - konnte Biswas' Sehnsucht nach Ordnung gestillt werden? - auch den Besonderheiten des Autors Naipaul, der Leser und Rezensenten in Ost und West gleichermassen fasziniert wie polarisiert, einige Aufmerksamkeit gew

V.S. Naipaul Revisited

V.S. Naipaul Revisited

Ethnicity, Marginality and the Triumph of Individual Will

  • Author: Bhoendradatt Tewarie
  • Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers
  • ISBN: 9789766373238
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 154
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In this collection, Tewarie delves into 6 of Naipaul's fictional works: Miguel Street, The Mystic Masseur, The Suffrage of Elvira, A House for Mr Biswas, The Mimic Men and A Bend in the River. Naipaul's world involves 3 cultures - the Old World Hindu culture; the Creole culture of colonized Trinidad; and the emerging global culture of modern western civilisation - and the protagonists of the 6 works examined in this book are all caught, to a greater or lesser degree, in this cultural crossfire. In these novels, it is argued, Naipaul's perception of the phenomena of ethnicity and colonialism are closely linked and there is a dynamic interplay between these two that is at once described and explored in his fiction. Ethnicity, for Naipaul, can be a double edged sword - it may help one to stave off the world but it can also constitute a terrible burden. As a central component in personality, ethnic concerns often involve a strong source of spiritual restlessness and malaise and help determine the protagonists' view of the world and their attitude toward it. As a result, the protagonists often need to solve an identity crisis through a process of self-knowledge before they can re-engage the world. Haunted by the problems of marginality and exile with which the culturally displaced individual has to deal, there is always present in Naipaul's characters a triumph of the individual will over external conditions, an assertion of basic humanity, and a rejection of ethical nihilism. The ideas presented in V.S. Naipaul Revisited offer food for thought and are a welcome addition to the existing literature on Naipaul.

V.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul

an anthology of recent criticism

  • Author: Purabi Panwar
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 195
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This Volume Brings Together Some Of The Most Recent Revaluations Of The Multifaceted Oeuvre Of V.S. Naipaul, Comprising His Novels, Short Stories, Travel Writing, Historical Accounts, And Varied Essays. Focussed On The Author'S Creative Anxieties And Strategies As Much As On His Provocative Discourses On Diverse Nations, Cultures, Histories And Communities Across The Globe, It Closely Critiques Most Of His Major Texts. The Anthology Also Explores The Extent Of Fixities And Ambivalences In Naipaul'S Much Talked About Eurocentrism, His Insights Into And Distortions Of The Past, And His Assimilations/Appropriations Through The Deployment Of The Telling Detail And The Brilliant Prose. At Once Exciting And Instructive, The Volume Richly Investigates The Author'S Ceaseless Endeavour To Come To Terms With The Modern Man'S Predicament In Today'S Highly Tangled Scenario.