|No of pages||247|
|Book Publisher||Indian Thought Publications|
|Published Date||01 Dec 2007|
Author : R K Narayan39 Books
R. K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, and educated there and at Maharaja’s College in Mysore. His first novel Swami and Friends (1935) and its successor The Bachelor of Arts (1937) are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi.
Other ‘Malgudi’ novels are The Dark Room (1938), The English Teacher (1945), Mr. Sampath (1949), The Financial Expert (1952), The Man Eater of Malgudi (1961), The Vendor of Sweets (1967), The Painter of Signs (1977), A Tiger for Malgudi (1983), and Talkative Man (1986).
His novel The Guide (1958) won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country’s highest literary honor.
He was awarded in 1980 the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1981 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
As well as five collections of short stories, A Horse and Two Goats, An Astrologer’s Day and Other Stories, Lawley Road, Under the Banyan Tree and Malgudi Days, he has published a travel book, The Emerald Route, three collections of essays, A Writer’s Nightmare, Next Sunday and Reluctant Guru, three books on the Indian epics, and a volume of memoirs. My Days.
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More by chance than skill, he seduces her away from her husband, a lonely writer who is obsessed with local rock-carvings, and transforms her into a celebrity courted by wealthy and influential dignitaries wherever she performs.
Raju makes a loses a fortune, finds himself in jail, and -- through a series of hilarious, ironic circumstances -- becomes one of India's great holy men. The history of his success and unexpected fame has all the excitement of a suspense story, told with Narayan's customary tolerance and delightful humor. At the same time it raises many profound and disturbing questions.