A House for Mr. Biswas is a book by VS Naipaul. It was the first of the writer’s work to be acclaimed all over the world. The book was published in 1961. Throughout the book, the reader is shown the postcolonial Indian subcontinent and the traces of colonialism that remains even after it has vanished. The main character is set to looking for success and is always faced with failure at all points in life. In the end, download A House for Mr. Biswas Pdf free.
A House for Mr. Biswas Summary:
The novel follows the story of Mohan Biswas who was considered evil since his birth. A pundit proclaimed that Mohan is evil as he was born in the wrong way and he also has an additional finger. He also said that Mohan will eat his mother and father up. When he grows up, he takes his neighbor’s calf for a walk near the stream. He has never seen water so he starts looking at it, leaving calf unattended. He hides somewhere so that he is not punished for being close to water since the pundit prohibited it for him to be near water.
His father thinks that he has drowned so he jumps into the stream and he ends up drowning himself. This proves the pundit’s prophecy true. Later in his life, Mr. Biswas has the strong wish of having his own house. He marries into the Tulsi family, becomes a journalist and has 4 kids. He wants to have his own house because he feels that this is the only way he can get rid of the feeling of alienation.
A House for Mr. Biswas Review:
This is quite an interesting book which deals with how the events of childhood can affect a person for the rest of his or her life. The book made the list of best books by the Times Magazine.