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Let's Discuss A House for Mr. Biswas

Hosted by the Consul of the Rio de Janeiro Book Group
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Sun 30 Aug 15:00 - 16:30

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Considered one of the best English language novels of the 20th century, A House for Mr Biswas by VS Naipaul is the story of Mohun Biswas, a Hindu Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the influential Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house. It relies on some biographical elements from the experience of the author's father, and views a colonial world sharply with postcolonial perspectives.

Naipaul, who received the Protected content prize for literature, was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.

This novel firmly belongs in the comic category, offering some much needed humor in these trying times.