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A House for Mr Biswas
A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
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“He read political books. They gave him phrases which he could only speak to himself and use on Shama.
They also revealed one region after another of misery and injustice and left him feeling more helpless
and more isolated than ever. Then it was that he discovered the solace of Dickens. Without difficulty he
transferred characters and settings to people and places he knew. In the grotesques of Dickens
everything he feared and suffered from was ridiculed and diminished, so that his own anger, his own
contempt became unnecessary, and he was given strength to bear the most difficult part of his day:
dressing in the morning, that daily affirmation of faith in oneself, which at times for him was almost like
an act of sacrifice.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
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“How ridiculous were the attentions the weak paid one another in the shadow of the strong!”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
tags: literary-fiction
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“Some lesser husbands built a latrine on the hillside.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
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“In his original design the solicitor's clerk seemed to have forgotten the need for a staircase to link both
the floors, and what he had provided had the appearance of an afterthought. Doorways had been
punched in the eastern wall and a rough wooden staircase - heavy planks on an uneven frame with one
warped unpainted banister, the whole covered with a sloping roof of corrugated iron - hung precariously
at the back of the house, in striking contrast with the white-pointed brickwork of the front, the white
woodwork and the frosted glass of doors and windows.
For this house Mr.Biswas had paid five thousand five hundred dollars.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
tags: humor
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“How terrible it would have been, at this time, to be without it; to have died among the Tulsis, amid the
squalour of that large, disintegrating and indifferent family; to have left Shama and the children among
them, in one room; or worse, to have lived without even attempting to lay claim to one’s portion of the
earth; to have lived and died as one had been born, unnecessary and unaccommodated.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
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“On the front cover of Newsweek reviews "A House for Mr. Biswas" as "a marvelous prose epic that
matches the best 19th century novels for richness of comic insight and final, tragic power.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
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“Change had come over him without his knowing. There had been no precise point at which the city had
lost its romance and promise, no point at which he had begun to consider himself old, his career closed,
and his visions of the future became only visions of Anand's future. Each realization had been delayed
and had come, not as a surprise, but as a statement of a condition long accepted.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
tags: literary-fiction
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“attributed the decay of Hindu society in Trinidad to the rise of the timorous, weak, non-beating class of
husband.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for MR Biswas
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“found, to his surprise, that he had put an end to their threats.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
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“Every man and woman he saw, even at a distance, gave him a twist of panic. But he had already grown
used to that; it had become part of the pain of living. Then, as he cycled, he discovered a new depth to
this pain. Every object he had not seen for twenty-four hours was part of his whole and happy past.
Everything he now saw became sullied by his fear, every field, every house, every tree, every turn in the
road, every bump and subsidence. So that, by merely looking at the world, he was progressively
destroying his present and his past.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
tags: the-past
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“I don’t know why they still building houses," Mr Biswas said. "Nobody don’t want a house these days.
They just want a coal barrel. One coal barrel for one person. Whenever a baby born just get another coal
barrel. You wouldn’t see any houses anywhere then. Just a yard with five or six coal barrels standing up
in two or three rows.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
tags: houses
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― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
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“The weeks before he died, Mr Mohun Biswas, a journalist of Sikkim Street, St James , Port of Spain, was
sacked. He had been ill for some time. In less than a year he had spent more than nine weeks at the
Colonial Hospital and convalesced at home for even longer. When the doctor advised him to take a
complete rest the 'Trinidad Sentinel' had no choice. It gave Mr Biswas three months' notice and
continued, up to the time of his death, to supply him every morning with a free copy of the paper.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
tags: journalist, notice, sacked
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“Though no one recognized his strength, Anand was among the strong. His satirical sense kept him
aloof. At first this was only a pose, and imitation of his father. But satire led to contempt, and at
Shorthills contempt, quick, deep, inclusive, became part of his nature. It led to inadequacies, to selfawareness and a lasting loneliness. But it made him unassailable.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
tags: contempt, loneliness, satire
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“Misir’s first story was about a man who had been out of work for months and was starving. His five
children were starving; his wife was having another baby. It was December and the shops were full of
food and toys. On Christmas eve the man got a job. Going home that evening, he was knocked down and
killed by a motorcar that didn’t stop.
'Helluva thing," Mr Biswas said. ‘I like the part about the car not stopping.”
― V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas
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