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A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul | Conversation Starters
First published in 1961, the novel A House for Mr Biswas by V. S. Naipaul became the first defining work of his career. This story is about a man named Mohun Biswas. He works hard and strives for success but most of the time, he fails. In his forty-six years, Biswas has been fighting hard to achieve freedom and independence. He moves from one residence to another after the death of his father. He yearned for a place he can finally call home. Then, he married into a dominating family, the Tulsi family. He finally sets a goal for himself to own his own house.
Time magazine included A House for Mr Biswas in the roster of TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Former United States President Barack Obama says that this is “The Nobel Prize winner's first great novel." Newsweek calls Naipaul’s novel “a marvelous prose epic.” They remark that “[it] matches the best nineteenth-century novels for a richness of comic insight and final, tragic power."
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