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A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
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Nov 08, 2012

it was amazing
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One would probably need to be at least 40 years old to appreciate this book. It is the story of a life, one that we can all eventually understand is the same as our own, even though Mohan Biswas, a descendant of Indian Brahmins, lives in Trinidad, struggles with extreme poverty, and has ambitions and desires that are not terribly admirable. We can see three generations of post-colonial social change -- his parents, his own, and his children.

Mr. Biswas gets some things right, a lot of things very wrong, and struggles endlessly with wanting status and trying to make the right decisions. Eventually, before an early death, he does get his own house. This last bit is NOT a spoiler; the book opens by telling the reader these facts.

No plot excitements in this novel. It's about life and people.

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