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A House for Mr. Biswas

Lu par : Sam Dastor
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A House for Mr. Biswas, by Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author V. S. Naipaul, is a powerful novel about one man's struggle for identity and belonging. Born into poverty, then trapped in the shackles of charity and gratitude, Mr. Biswas longs for a house he can call his own. He loathes his wife and her wealthy family, upon whom he is dependent. Finding himself a mere accessory on their estate, his constant rebellion is motivated by the one thing that can symbolize his independence. The book is striking in its lush and sensual descriptions of Trinidad and was listed as one of Time magazine's 100 Best English-Language Novels from 1923 to 2005.

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A masterpiece, beautifully voiced

A wonderful, moving tale full of wit, intricate descriptions and colourful characters. Superbly voiced by Sam Dastor, this has been one of my favourite audible books so far. Loved it!

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  • Liz W.
  • 11/12/2017

Thoughtful story, WONDERFULLY narrated

This is a long, funny, sad, sometimes frustrating story about a man who dreams of something better. It's not an easy listen, but well worth the time invested in the end. As always, Sam Dastor brings the story to life with his narration. I could honestly listen to this guy read the phone book. He interprets the author's words beautifully.

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  • Saman
  • 11/12/2017

Charming prose. Lovely book.

Naipaul never dissapoints in his narrative. This is a very simple story of a man who lives a fairly, short life on the fringes of poverty and amidst a patriarchal household. Many readers can be put-off by the pure absurdness of this story-line but for me as a Naipaul advocate, this is pure magic.

The protagonist, Mohun Biswas, is a dreadful character who continuously bites the hand that feeds him and wishes for grander things in life. His wishes to escape the chains of the Tulsi clan and buy a house of his own are the center pieces of the story. The novel spans the years of his life: his unhappy and tragic childhood, marriage to Sharma and the expectations of the Tulsis, children, and the continuous machinations of the sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws. Getting beaten and giving a beating is expected in the Tulsi house.

I wanted so badly for Mr. Biswas to succeed and yet, at some junctures, I wanted him to fail. That is the beauty of the story and the book. Remember the first chapter and then you will understand the rest of Mr. Biswas’s life and trials. Loved this book and the narration was pretty good too.

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  • 11/10/2018

One of the best audiobooks ever

This was my first Naipaul book, one which had come recommended, and I was not disappointed. The immersion into the world of Mr. Biswas (who was, I read, a facsimile of Naipaul's father) amounted to 21 hours of bliss for this reader. The details of his life were delivered with wry humor, wit, and a nuanced pathos that left me with compassion, amusement, awe at Naipaul's mastery, and a strong desire to travel to Trinidad. The descriptions of the landscape were rendered with such perfection, I could taste and smell the vegetation and salt spray. The characters were plentiful, full of life, and both vexing and pleasing in their insistence on being real. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I felt that the narrator was superb, and rendered the accents perfectly, and further, that he enhanced the experience of this book, by adding subtle expressive substance to the wonderful dialogue.

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  • Tona
  • 25/01/2018

Humble yet powerful...

This thoughtfully written story of of man's journey to find his place is a reflection of every man struggle. Beautifully constructed, eloquent and playful, it speaks to anyone, regardless of station, nationality, or era, trying to find their place in this world.

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  • Christopher
  • 04/01/2019

Performance makes a fatal mistake. No Trini accent

I am a Trinidadian reading an audiobook with characters set in Trinidad about Trinidad from our most famous and celebrated author, and to my surprise no character in the whole book speaks in a Trinidadian accent. Only Indian accents for the Indo-Trinidadians and who knows what kinda accent for the Afro-Trinidadians. It's embarrassingly bad, cringeworthy and disrespectful to Trinidad. A glaring mistake. There are word usage that originated from the Trinidadian accent and are meant for it and it just sounds weird to listen to. (allyuh for all you, use of the word does, like He does do that) And other stuff like that. I'm disappointed

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  • Liz
  • 18/11/2018

Tedious

While recognising the excellence of the writing, and bearing in mind the author's reputation, I still found this book tedious. None of the characters was sympathetic and I just became more exasperated as it went on. I couldn't finish it and so I returned it. Sam Dastor's narration was however, excellent.

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  • Brian Hays
  • 04/03/2018

Classic Naipaul

Another from one of the great storytellers. The sequence of events is a bit depressing, but it’s impossible to become fully involved with the characters and events.

The narrator is one of the best I’ve heard. The dialect is perfectly executed, and the timing of the dialog is good for many laughs.

Although I’ve only read it in paper, Naipaul’s “A Bend in the River” is a must read.

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  • Kelly
  • 02/11/2018

Mr Biswas is Selfish; VSNaipaul writes beautifully

V S Naipaul took me on a journey through one man's life from start to finish and it was at times a ponderous slog. I didn't like Mr Biswas at all. He was cruel to his wife and children; he was selfish. The place of women and children in this book were hard to take for this modern day, American feminist woman. For the most part the women had no role at all... they were puppets. They were stomped upon and disparaged and had no expressed desire to see things change. Mr. Biswas seemed to stumble through life -- married without making a real choice to do so, becoming a father but seeming incapable of either understanding how that happened or why it mattered. He even bettered his standing with a job that he mostly fell into.

There was only one real intent that I could see: to obtain his own house, making the title of this book the most appropriate title of any book, ever. In the Prologue we learn that Mr Biswas marked his own importance entirely by his ability to own his own home and that although he achieved it he also lost it and that when he died, it was "...to have lived and died as one had been born, unnecessary and unaccommodated." And later in the book when Mr Biswas marries wihout receiving a dowry it is said that: This house is like a Republic already." (Part 1. Chapter 3. The Tulsis)

And that is why I couldn't enjoy the book... he only sees his family as a trap. He hates his wife for getting pregnant each and every time but takes no responsibility for how it occurred. The house was everything. The family was nothing but a burden.

However, the writing is beautiful and I learned a great deal about Trinidad and Tobago as the book made me seek outside information.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

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  • Frantic Gonzalez
  • 12/09/2018

The changes a man goes through

This book took me to an island I didn't even know existed with a cultural background I was not expecting but had the pleasure to discover. Finding one's place on this earth after marrying, having children, and in a third world country is extremely difficult when one must choose between responsibilities and desires. Plus, the fear of being alone or wrong is shown in full light in this novel with constant hilarious complaints. I loved it

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  • Bonbon
  • 19/09/2018

A modern day classic

One of the top 10 books I’ve ever read. Naipaul’s depth of understanding of human nature, his detailed descriptions, and believable dialogue..makes his characters real and the story alive. Well worth reading. One of the best written books I’ve ever read.

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  • Christiaan Lodewikus Pienaar
  • 12/10/2018

Das Beste Hörbuch das ich bis jetzt gehört habe.

Besonders in jeder Hinsicht. Schön erzählte Geschichte von Naipaul, und wunderbar gelesen von
Dastor. Empfehlenswert.

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