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A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul

The expectations of Mohun Biswas are not great: all he wants is a house of his own, some dignity, some privacy, where the irritations of his in-laws can be viewed from afar. Set in Trinidad, we follow him through a plethora of jobs; we are with him as son, husband, father and testy family man until his final triumph: a peculiar house of his own. This is the fullest portrait there is of an East Indian family in the process of creolization.
V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad. His many awards include the Booker Prize.

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