V S Naipul is one of the world's famous writers of post-colonial fiction, which is to say he comes from a country that used to be a colony. A lot of us live in countries like that. Mr Biswas is an Indian living in an Indian community in Trinidad, as far as I can tell - Port au Spain gets mentioned sometimes, in the Caribbean.
So far, Mr Biswas' life seems to be like that. He has some good luck, such as a talent and a business in sign-writing, but he knows so little of the way that people behave that he keeps stumbling into unwanted situations. In fact, he stumbled into marriage largely, as he himself was aware, he didn't like to say no. These bits of 'embarrassment stories', if I may call them back, cause me to stop reading from time to time because I feel I can't take it. My empathy factor just doesn't want to go there. However, after a day or two I find that I haven't forgotten him but become worried about him, and then I have to pick the book up again to find out what happened next.
At the moment I've stopped again because he is clearly about to be set up by someone in order to make an attack on another business. Clearly, this is not going to go well.
Talk about slow reading.