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Ranking The First 80 Novels

So now’s the time when I take a look back at the last several novels I’ve read and explain to you why I ranked them as I did.

Here’s how books 76 through 80 break down: Read more


Book #77: A House For Mr. Biswas

Finally, it’s done.

I don’t recall taking this long to read a novel in quite some time. I previewed A House for Mr. Biswas on December 9 and I’m reviewing it today. That’s nearly two months.

This is a dense novel. It’s a very good, well-written novel, but it’s a dense novel. I’d compare it to drinking a stout. You don’t sit down and chug a stout, or you’re going to have serious problems, like bloating–and maybe vomiting. You have to drink it in small doses. Read more

“A Fragrant of Forgotten Experience”

A House for Mr. Biswas is full of beautiful passages.

But this one might be the best: Read more

The Isolation of Mr. Biswas

Yeah, I’m not a big fan of V.S. Naipaul, the person. But, man, can that dude write.

The poetic nature of his writing reminds me a little of Fitzgerald. Here’s another beautiful passage from A House for Mr. Biswas: Read more

The Worst Quotes From V.S. Naipaul

A couple of weeks ago, I laid out some of V.S. Naipaul’s best quotes—of which there are many.

But many of us might know Naipaul from the long list of ridiculous, controversial things he’s said over the years. Seriously, some of this will make you do a double take.

Yep, V.S. Naipaul actually said this: Read more

Mr. Biswas And His “Nagging” Wife

I’ve mentioned before, specifically in this post, about V.S. Naipaul’s misogynistic reputation.

Now, granted, A House for Mr. Biswas is my first experience reading Naipaul’s work, so I’m hardly an expert on him. But some of his quotes in the past about women have been telling, especially for a Nobel Prize winner. Read them here.

I’d be lying if I said his views on those subjects hadn’t been in the back of my mind while reading this novel. So, when I came to the following passage, I probably raised an eyebrow (or two). This passage is describing how Mr. Biswas is adjusting to having moved to a new village with his fairly new wife.  Read more

V.S. Naipaul And His Crappy Watch

In 2001, V.S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

As is customary, Naipaul was asked to give a short, two-minute speech. And as far as stuffy Nobel Prize speeches go, I’d say it’s rather clever. Naipaul talks about his wrist watch breaking while he was traveling to Stockholm for the Nobel event. There’s a fancy metaphor in there, but you’ll have to watch to find out what it is.

I’ve never actually watched a Nobel Ceremony—not even a clip of it. And, well, to be honest—this seems like quite the pretentious event.

Can anyone explain to me why the woman introducing Naipaul looks to be wearing a sailor’s hat? Is she the new Love Boat Captain?

Enjoy the humor and pretentiousness. Read more

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