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A HOUSE FOR MR. BISWAS - 1961
 

Marius Hentea highlights that the chapter “Pastoral” is rather ill-fitting in a text that does not provide any details of a pastoral or even the possibility of a pastoral. Kumar Mahabir interviews many of Naipaul’s class-mates and family members to  authenticate the incidents narrated in his early books. Bhoendradatt Tewarie highlights: “The tremendous vitality of the novel, therefore, ultimately derives from Biswas’s insatiable hunger for individual liberty, which drives to despair, to insanity and ultimately to the audacious act of buying a house without the foggiest notion of where the money was likely to come from.”  Steph Ceraso and Patricia Connolly in a comparative study of A House for Mr Biswas and The MImic Men explore how Naipaul’s construction of male gender “is intimately connected to questions of cultural survival and of identity formation as interwoven with issues of race, class, ethnicity, and nation.”