Friday, May 17, 2013

A House for Mr. Biswas (1961) As a Picaresque novel

A House for Mr. Biswas (1961)
As a Picaresque novel
          Naipaul’s fictional world is concerned with the complex fact of individual, societies and cultures. It seeks to define the individual’s identity by change and not by order or stability. Starting with post-colonial third-world life, Naipaul has used fiction as an instrument of analysis and clarification of the reality, the confronts, the human beings. His common themes are clash of cultures, colonial psychosis and the motives with the individual which creates structure of human relationships. He introduces an individual struggling with the conditions in which he placed the
way he overcomes it. With this problem, he may succeed or fail or finally survive. Thus Naipaul’s fiction acquires a three dimensional picture, historical, social and psychological. Therefore Naipaul is three-in-one, a chronicler, a historian and a biographer.