A House for Mr Biswas


V. S. Naipaul

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Mr George Maclean Character Analysis

A builder in Green Vale who helps Mr Biswas build his first house. Maclean manages to find cheap materials for the house and works for rates so low that Mr Biswas does not understand how he can make a living, especially since he hires Edgar to help him out. His low-quality materials make the house difficult to inhabit, but still much better than living in the Green Vale barracks.
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Mr George Maclean Character Timeline in A House for Mr Biswas

The timeline below shows where the character Mr George Maclean appears in A House for Mr Biswas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 5: Green Vale
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...from the barracks, and on Sunday morning he talked to a black local builder named George Maclean (who was also a cabinet-maker, carpenter, blacksmith, painter, tin cup-maker, solderer, and egg-seller). Mr Biswas... (full context)