The World of Malgudi

The World of Malgudi

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Author: R K Narayan
Publisher: Penguin/Viking
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 600
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0670894850


Available for the first time in a collector's edition, this volume brings together four of Narayan's most memorable novels set in Malgudi.

In a writing career spanning over half a century, R K Narayan, India's best known and most respected writer, has created the imagined landscape of a town called Malgudi, located somewhere in south India. Malgudi is a town just like any other, its inhabitants like old familiars one might meet round the corner of any ordinary street - and herein lies its charm. With deft strokes of his pen, Narayan is able to flesh out characters and situations that entertain us on the first reading and linger on in our memory for years afterwards.

In Mr. Sampath, we are acquainted with Srinivas, the editor, and Mr. Sampath, the printer who work together on a local weekly. When the paper unexpectedly folds, Sampath throws himself into film production, dragging Srinivas along with him, and their new collaboration give rise to some hilarious situations.

We next meet Margayya, in The Financial Expert, who sits under a banyan tree and gives advice on methods of extracting loans from the local cooperative bank.

In the Painter of Signs, we encounter the unlikely love story of Raman, the local sign-board-painter, and Daisy, a birth-control propagandist who is on a visit to Malgudi.

Finally, in A Tiger for Malgudi, a venerable tiger,old and toothless now, looks back over life, from his early days roaming wild in the Indian jungle to his unhappy years in captivity. Trapped in a miserable circus career as 'Raja the Magnificent', he is then sold into films until, finding the human world too brutish and bewildering, he makes a dramatic bid for freedom.

The novels in this collector's edition will be a delight for Narayan's fans , as well as for first time reamers.