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Title:Swami and Friends
Format Type:Ebook
Author:R.K. Narayan
Publisher:University Of Chicago Press
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:190
Category:Fiction, India, Indian literature, Classics, Humor

Swami and Friends by R.K. Narayan

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

The Man-Eater of Malgudi, The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic, The English Teacher, The Guide, The Vendor of Sweets, The Bachelor of Arts, Swami and Friends, A Tiger for Malgudi, Malgudi Days, The Painter of Signs