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A House for Mr Biswas

He had the vacant, dog-like expressions that house-born slaves, as I remembered, liked to put on when they were in public with their masters and performing some simple task.

This fellow was pretending that the Waitrose groceries were a great burden, but this was just an act, to draw attention to himself and the lady he served.

He, too, had mistaken me for an Arab, and when we crossed he had dropped the burdened-down expression and given me a look v.s.nailaul wistful inquisitiveness, like a puppy that wanted to play but had just been made to understand that it wasn’t playtime. Naipaul, A Bend in the River. But all the disciplines and skills that India now seeks to exercise are ffor. Even the ideas Indians have of the achievements of their civilization are essentially the ideas ny them by European scholars in the nineteenth century.

India by itself could not have rediscovered or assessed its past. Its past was too much with it, was still being lived out in the ritual, the laws, the magic — the complex instinctive life that muffles response and buries even the idea of inquiry. Naipaul, The Mystic Masseur. Biswas” as “a marvelous prose epic that matches the best 19th century novels for richness of comic insight and final, tragic power. Naipaul, A House for Mr Biswas. But people are like that bout places in which they mr.viswas really interested and where thy don’t have to live.

He felt himself, so to speak, taking up space when he walked in the streets; and he wondered whether this was how other people felt all the time, without effort, all the secure people he met in London and Africa. India was now full of this rage.


There had been a m.rbiswas awakening. W everyone awakened first to his own group or community; every group thought itself unique in its awakening; and every group sought to separate its rage from the rage of other groups. A Million Mutinies Now. Hoouse it is well that they have no sense of history, for how then would they be able to continue to squat amid their ruins, and which Indian would be able to read the history of his country for the last thousand years without anger and pain? Naipaul, V.s.nnaipaul Area of Darkness.

The last day, the day of leaving. It was a good journey. It became different at the other end.

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Naipaul, A Way in the World. Doorways had been punched in the eastern wall and a rough wooden staircase – heavy planks on an uneven frame with one warped unpainted banister, the whole covered with a sloping roof of corrugated iron – hung precariously at the back of the house, in striking contrast with the white-pointed brickwork of the front, the white woodwork and the frosted glass of doors and windows.

For this house Mr. Biswas had paid five thousand five hundred dollars. There had been no precise point at which the city had lost its romance and promise, no point at which he had begun to consider himself old, his career closed, and his visions of the future became only visions of Anand’s future. Each realization had been delayed and had come, not as a surprise, but as a statement of a condition long accepted.

I know you just come to comfort a old man left to live by hisself. Soomintra say I too old-fashion.

And Leela, she always by you. Is mr.bisaws how it does look. It existed in a world which, with all its ups and downs, remained harmoniously ordered and could be taken for granted.

It had not developed a sense of history, which is a sense of loss; it had developed no true sense of beauty, which is a gift of assessment. While it was enclosed, this made it secure. Exposed, its world became a fairyland, rm.biswas fragile. Mr.bidwas was one step from the Kashmiri devotional songs to the commercial jingles of Radio Ceylon; it was one step from the roses of Kashmir to a potful of plasticdaisies.


You are still in one place when you arrive at the other. The airplane is faster than the heart.

You arrive quickly and you leave quickly. You don’t grieve too much. And there is something else about the airplane. You can go back many times to the same place. And something strange happens if you go back often enough. You stop grieving for the past. Mf.biswas see that the past is something in your mind alone, that it doesn’t exist in real life.

You trample on the past, you crush it. In the beginning it is like trampling on a garden. In the end you are just walking on ground. That is the way we have to learn v.s.naipau live now.

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The past is here. I am going in the wrong direction. It isn’t something you can decide to do just like that.

It is something you have to arm yourself for, or grief will ambush and destroy you. Not because they had forgotten or were confused; the past was simply the past.

It hadn’t done much, but it hoouse gone on; and it had begun to appear that the prophecy has been excessive. Now it occurred to me that perhaps this was what happened when cities died.

They don’t die with a bang; they didn’t die only when they were abandoned. Perhaps, they died like this: Perhaps city died when they lost amenities that cities flr, the visual excitement, the heightened sense of human possibility, and became simply places where there were too many people, and people suffered.

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