Biswas was the fourth book I read by him and it just blew me away.
It's easy to empathize with Mr. Biswas, for he is a character of the most universal sort -- everyone can relate to his desire for autonomy, freedom, and independence.
If you like prose that is not pompous, full of gentle wit, and clearly in the hands of a master, and a story of rare poignancy - this is your book.
Naipaul magnificently represents the uprooted identity of the postcolonial subject in this novel. A must-read for those interested in postcolonial fiction.Published 1 month ago by SV
This was a well written, but very depressing novel, and a bit long. A wonderful picture of life on an Island.Published 2 months ago by R. Karr
I am from Trinidad. This is the real deal. Images painted by the book are vivid and beautiful. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Darryl D. Prime
Wonderful read, highly entertaining with laugh-out-loud moments yet touchingly sad as well.
The novel opens shortly before the death of Mr Biswas, with his fear of losing his... Read more
I'm rating it a year or two after I read it. But I remember the feeling I had when I finished it was-ehhhh, could have lived w/o that read.Published 6 months ago by Yvonne Belizario
I recommend this book to anyone. Naipaul writes a sensitive and sympathetic life of a man and a family in a particular point in time and place, which is to say nothing about why... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Don Quickoats
Excellent writing, perfect characterizations, Naipaul brings a very exotic community (Indian expatriates living on the Caribbean island of Trinidad) to life by tracing the life and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim F. Baughman