A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul: | frikilife.com: BooksLook Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Mar 13, ISBN Nov 14, ISBN Oct 20, ISBN In his forty-six short years, Mr.
A House for Mr. Biswas
General Editors: Professor A. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without either the prior written permission of the Publishers or a licence permitting restricted copying in the United Kingdom issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd. His grandfather, who came from a village in Uttar Pradesh in north-east India, was one of the thousands of indentured labourers who came to Trinidad from India in the last century to work on the sugar plan- tations. Naipaul grew up in Trinidad as part of a large family which included one brother, Shiva who is also a novelist , five sisters, and fifty cousins. The family were Brahmins, Hindus of the highest caste and strictly orthodox, and his childhood was spent in a quasi-Indian environ- ment. The children, however, were exposed to other influences as well; they went to schools where they mixed with negroes and Europeans, and spoke English, rather than Hindi, as their first language. Naipaul describes himself as having been born an unbeliever.