A house for Mr. Biswas: A Novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions

The book that turned the gentle satirist of the Caribbean into a major literary figure, this is the story of a man who, without a single asset, enters a life devoid of opportunity; his tumble-down house becomes a potent symbol of the search for identity in a postcolonial world. His most widely read novel. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Also in this Series
More Like This
More Details
Reading Level:
Level 6.8, 33 Points
Lexile measure:
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID e7aeb5c7-df85-4e7b-f1c3-1828c5ae5685
Grouping Title house for mr biswas
Grouping Author naipaul v s
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2018-08-15 11:51:53AM
Last Indexed 2018-08-15 11:52:58AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level UG
accelerated_reader_point_value 33
accelerated_reader_reading_level 6.8
author V. S. Naipaul
author_display Naipaul, V. S
collection_catalog Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Hermitage - Adult Fiction
display_description The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul's brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul's father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels.
In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous–and endless–struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. A heartrending, dark comedy of manners, A House for Mr. Biswas masterfully evokes a man's quest for autonomy against an emblematic post-colonial canvas.
format_catalog Book, eBook
format_category_catalog Books, eBook
id e7aeb5c7-df85-4e7b-f1c3-1828c5ae5685
isbn 039453400, 9780307776556, 9780375707162, 9780679444589
item_details ils:CARL0000044832|35192023910270|Hermitage - Adult Fiction|Fiction Naipaul|||1|false|false|||||On Hold Shelf||HM||, overdrive:b8b0e882-7530-4141-b1a1-7c1a92052e37|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,Kindle Book,OverDrive Read|Checked Out||||
itype_catalog , Book
last_indexed 2018-08-15T16:52:58.952Z
lexile_score 900
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_catalog Fiction Naipaul
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Hermitage, Hermitage Kids
primary_isbn 9780679444589
publishDate 1983, 2010
record_details ils:CARL0000044832|Book|Books|1st Alfred A. Knopf ed.|English|Knopf :|1983, c1969.|xii, 481 p. ; 25 cm., overdrive:b8b0e882-7530-4141-b1a1-7c1a92052e37|eBook|eBook||English|Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|2010|
recordtype grouped_work
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
overdrive:b8b0e882-7530-4141-b1a1-7c1a92052e37 -1 Checked Out Checked Out false false true false false false
ils:CARL0000044832 35192023910270 Checked Out On Hold Shelf false false true false false true
series Vintage International
series_with_volume Vintage International|
subject_facet Trinidad -- Fiction
title_display A house for Mr. Biswas
title_full A House for Mr. Biswas A Novel, A house for Mr. Biswas / V.S. Naipaul
title_short A house for Mr. Biswas
title_sub A Novel
topic_facet Fiction, Literature