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|Title||:||Swami and Friends|
|Publisher||:||University Of Chicago Press|
|Number of Pages||:||190|
|Category||:||Fiction, India, Indian literature, Classics, Humor|
PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Swami and Friends There are writers Tolstoy and Henry James to name two whom we hold in awe writers Turgenev and Chekhov for whom we feel a personal affection other writers whom we respect Conrad for example but who hold us at a long arm s length with their courtly foreign grace Narayan whom I don t hesitate to name in such a context more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude for he has offered me a second home Without him I could never have known what it is like to be Indian Graham Greene .
Offering rare insight into the complexities of Indian middle class society R K Narayan traces life in the fictional town of Malgudi i The Dark Room i is a searching look at a difficult marriage and a woman who eventually rebels against the demands of being a good and obedient wife In i Mr Sampath i a newspaper man tries to keep his paper afloat in the face of social and economic changes sweeping India Narayan writes of youth and young adulthood in the semiautobiographical i Swami and Friends i and i The Bachelor of Arts i Although the ordinary tensions of maturing are heightened by the particular circumstances of pre partition India Narayan provides a universal vision of childhood early love and grief .
The experience of reading one of his novels is comparable to one s first reaction to the great Russian novels the fresh realization of the common humanity of all peoples underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness like one s own reflection seen in a green twilight Margaret Parton i New York Herald Tribune i .
The novels of R K Narayan are the best I have read in any language for a long time His work gives the conviction that it is possible to capture in English a language not born of India the distinctive characteristics of Indian family life Amit Roy i Daily Telegraph i