Why did I love this book?
This is the book I open whenever I need inspiration. The evocation of a landscape and a community, the author’s precise attention to detail, the mix of comedy and tragedy, the range of characters, are all unforgettable. The story follows a man who dreams of owning a house but it’s also about the search for identity and the fear of oblivion. Throughout the novel, Biswas seeks to understand his purpose and disentangle himself from the binds of tradition and community. He realizes that in a colonial society, ownership of property signals his right to exist. Everything about this novel is remarkable.