A House for Mr Biswas (unabridged)

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V.S. Naipaul

A House for Mr Biswas

Read by Sam Dastor


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 symbolise 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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  • Running Time: 21 h 29 m

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    Digital ISBN:978-1-78198-084-2
    Cat. no.:NA0286
    Download size:487 MB
    Produced by:Heavy Entertainment, London
    Edited by:Heavy Entertainment, London
    Released:September 2017
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Naipaul, whose body of writing earned him Nobel laureate status, first came to international attention with this engaging and accessible novel. Narrator Sam Dastor’s consistent Trinidadian accent is perfect for its audio performance, making it as fresh and enjoyable as it was to readers when it was published in print nearly 60 years ago. Dastor paces his narration so that it complements the phrasing Naipaul employed, adding yet another layer of resonance to the hapless central character, his not-always-helpful friends, and his nearly overwhelming family. Naipaul fans will certainly enjoy this, while listeners who know nothing of his literary status will be just as delighted to discover his fiction through this vibrant performance.

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