By V. S. Naipaul
The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul's very good occupation, A residence for Mr. Biswas is an unforgettable tale encouraged via Naipaul's father that has been hailed as one of many 20th century's best novels.
In his forty-six brief years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been scuffling with opposed to future to accomplish a few semblance of independence, in basic terms to stand a life of calamity. Shuttled from one place of dwelling to a different after the drowning loss of life of his father, for which he's inadvertently accountable, Mr. Biswas yearns for a spot he can name domestic. but if he marries into the domineering Tulsi kinfolk on whom he indignantly turns into established, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous—and endless—struggle to weaken their carry over him and buy a home of his personal. A heartrending, darkish comedy of manners, A apartment for Mr. Biswas masterfully inspires a man's quest for autonomy opposed to an emblematic post-colonial canvas.
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A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul