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V. S. Naipaul (1932–2018)

Autor/a de A House for Mr Biswas

86+ obres 23,272 Membres 359 Ressenyes 79 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born of Indian ancestry in Chaguanas, Trinidad on August 17, 1932. He was educated at University College, Oxford and lived in Great Britain since 1950. From 1954 to 1956, he edited a radio program on literature for the British Broadcasting Corporation's Caribbean mostra'n més Service. His first novel, The Mystic Masseur, was published in 1957. His other novels included A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, Guerrillas, and Half a Life. In a Free State won the Booker Prize in 1971. He started writing nonfiction in the 1960s. His first nonfiction book, The Middle Passage, was published in 1962. His other nonfiction works included An Area of Darkness, Among the Believers, Beyond Belief, and A Turn in the South. He was knighted in 1990 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. He died on August 11, 2018 at the age of 85. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de V. S. Naipaul

A House for Mr Biswas (1961) 3,451 exemplars
A Bend in the River (1979) 3,192 exemplars
Una Vida malaguanyada (2001) 1,507 exemplars
In a Free State (1971) 1,119 exemplars
The Enigma of Arrival (1987) 1,094 exemplars
An Area of Darkness (1964) 845 exemplars
India: A Million Mutinies Now (1990) 816 exemplars
Miguel Street (1959) 765 exemplars
The Mystic Masseur (1957) 704 exemplars
A Way in the World (1994) 667 exemplars
India: A Wounded Civilization (1977) 660 exemplars
The Mimic Men (1967) 657 exemplars
Guerrillas (1975) 647 exemplars
A Turn in the South (1989) 577 exemplars
Magic Seeds (2004) 564 exemplars
The Writer and the World: Essays (2002) 383 exemplars
Literary Occasions: Essays (2003) 282 exemplars
The Return of Eva Peron (1980) 257 exemplars
Finding the Center (1984) 199 exemplars
The Suffrage of Elvira (1958) 188 exemplars
A Flag on the Island (1967) 115 exemplars
Collected Short Fiction (2011) 102 exemplars
The Overcrowded Barracoon (1807) 86 exemplars
Mystic Masseur & Miguel Street (2001) 51 exemplars
Vintage Naipaul (2004) 35 exemplars
Proloog voor een autobiografie (1983) 20 exemplars
The Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro (1984) 17 exemplars
The Indian Trilogy (2016) 13 exemplars
The Suffrage of Elvira (1964) 3 exemplars
Sense títol 2 exemplars
Sacrifices (1992) 2 exemplars
Dolore (2021) 2 exemplars
QYTETI BRI LUMIT 1 exemplars
Sense títol 1 exemplars
Blant de troende 1 exemplars
B. Wordsworth 1 exemplars
THE MIMIC MAN 1 exemplars
A Curva do Rio 1 exemplars
V ohybu řeky 1 exemplars
Bim 1 exemplars
La fin du roman 1 exemplars
Aastha Ke Paar (2007) 1 exemplars
Half A Life 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Points of View: Revised Edition (1966) — Col·laborador — 413 exemplars
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Col·laborador — 292 exemplars
Granta 57: India! The Golden Jubilee (1997) — Col·laborador — 202 exemplars
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Col·laborador — 152 exemplars
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Col·laborador — 142 exemplars
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Col·laborador — 110 exemplars
Nobel Lectures: From the Literature Laureates, 1986 to 2006 (2006) — Col·laborador — 72 exemplars
The Picador Book of Journeys (2001) — Col·laborador — 53 exemplars
Trinidad Noir: The Classics (2017) — Col·laborador — 38 exemplars
Antaeus No. 61, Autumn 1988 - Journals, Notebooks & Diaries (1988) — Col·laborador — 34 exemplars
Into the Widening World: International Coming-of-Age Stories (1995) — Col·laborador — 28 exemplars
One World of Literature (1992) — Col·laborador — 24 exemplars
Naar huis (1994) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories (1990) — Col·laborador — 16 exemplars
Bombay: Gateway of India (1994) — Conversation with — 14 exemplars
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars


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British Author Challenge May 2021: Na'ima B. Robert & V. S. Naipaul a 75 Books Challenge for 2021 (desembre 2021)
May 2014: V. S. Naipaul a Monthly Author Reads (setembre 2018)
V. S. Naipaul 1932 - 2018 a 1001 Books to read before you die (agost 2018)


Mohun Biswas was a character to be admired for his attempts to be true to himself and not be swallowed up in his aunt's or wife's families, but he so frequently let his anger and desperation destroy his chances to actually achieve any autonomy.
snash | Hi ha 67 ressenyes més | Apr 12, 2024 |
Clearly for me, the best novel of Naipaul's I've read. Often allusive, meaning the reader must wait for situations and relationships to resolve themselves. Beautiful writing that illuminates the writer's serious attempt to look as honestly as he can at how his origins shaped the course of his first forty years. Naipaul's stance is that a colonial background and society will never fully allow its people to function as a thriving entity.
At the end the writer, as he sets down his memoir, sees a personal resolution in withdrawal from political and familial ambitions.
"It gives me joy to find that in so doing I have also fulfilled the fourfold division of life prescribed by our Aryan ancestors. I have been student, house-holder and man of affairs, recluse...
Yet I feel that in this time (his life to date) I have cleared the decks, as it were, and prepared myself for fresh action."
And so he did. This was Naipaul's second novel. Huge success for him was to follow.
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ivanfranko | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Mar 2, 2024 |
Extremely well written but as in any story it chooses fo omit many aspects that would make his story harder to tell. The perspective on many different societies is to identify their “backward” adaptations due to impact of a certain conservative culture. But as I read i could not help myself from being able to tell nearly the same story either: filtering the equivalent toward western society parallel culture, or looking at situations in which this backward culture can allow some societies to survive global forces that could tear them apart.

Naipaul presents a convincing picture that is lacking in imagination with his implicit judgement.
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yates9 | Hi ha 13 ressenyes més | Feb 28, 2024 |
How to describe this book? It wasn't a hard read at all, but it was a bit tedious (for me) before all was said and done. The juxtaposition of Mr. Biswas's insecurity and pomposity, the petty intrigues of the Tulsi family, the graphic depiction of the Hindu poor in Trinidad in the early 20th century are the stars of the novel. Mohun Biswas was not a likeable character, but somehow I liked him in spite of himself. His early tribulations were not of his making, but many of his later ones were. He tried so hard to establish an identity free of all the noise around him, but in the end, the identity he established was not really accepted by anyone. He was always on the outside looking in and he never really liked what he saw. Having a house of his own was the only way he could assert himself in a world that was often out of his control. The home he finally got was as full of eccentricities and issues and problems as Mr. Biswas himself was, but somehow he found comfort with it and achieved a modicum of happiness. Beautiful writing, but damn I really like a real plot and this wasn't it. I don't regret the time it took to read it, but I can't say that it was my cup of tea.… (més)
AliceAnna | Hi ha 67 ressenyes més | Feb 4, 2024 |



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