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Continually faced with homelessness and manipulated by people in power, Mr. Biswas becomes obsessed with the idea of having his own house. Twice, he attempts to build, but the schemes fail. He finds a good job but loses it. Finally, he borrows money and, on impulse, buys a house that is shabby and defective--if not downright dangerous--but is at last a home for Mr. Biswas and his family. He dies shortly after of a heart attack, but is left with the satisfaction of having at last achieved some control over his life.

Hse for Mr. Bis Was 1984, Vintage Books USA, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780394720500

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