A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

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It is the story of Mr Mohun Biswas, an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house. Drawing some elements from the life of Naipaul's father, the work is primarily a sharply-drawn look at life in a fledgling postcolonial world.

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The 283rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 4th on The Greatest 20th Century Novels (Waterstone)
  2. - 72nd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  3. - 78th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  4. - 78th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  5. - Third World Novels… The Top 10 (New Internationalist)
  6. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  7. - 25 acclaimed international writers choose 25 of the best books from the last 25 years (Wasafiri Magazine)
  8. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)

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