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Title:The Bachelor of Arts
Format Type:Ebook
Author:R.K. Narayan
Publisher:University Of Chicago Press
ISBN:0226568334
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Number of Pages:266
Category:Fiction, India, Indian literature, Classics

The Bachelor of Arts by R.K. Narayan

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Bachelor of Arts 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

Malgudi Days

b Four gems with new introductions mark acclaimed Indian writer R K Narayan s centennial b br br Introducing this collection of stories R K Narayan describes how in India the writer has only to look out of the window to pick up a character and thereby a story Composed of powerful magical portraits of all kinds of people and comprising stories written over almost forty years i Malgudi Days i presents Narayan s imaginary city in full color revealing the essence of India and of human experience This edition includes an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri br br For more than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With more than titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translators


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 br br 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 br br 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 br br 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 Guide

b R K Narayan b is unusual among Indian authors writing in English in that he has stayed contentedly in his home country venturing abroad only rarely He rarely addresses political issues or tries to explore the cutting edge of fiction He is a traditional teller of tales a creator of realist fiction which is often gentle humorous and warm rather than hard hitting or profound Almost all of his writings are set in the fictional city of Malgudi and are narrowly focused on the lives of relatively humble individuals neither extremely poor nor very rich br br b The Guide b is one of his most interesting books which begins as a comic look at the life of a rogue but evolves into something quite different It should be noted that Narayan is not a devout Hindu and has accused Westerners of wrongly supposing that all Indians are deeply spiritual beings but it is also true that he was deeply impressed by some experiences he had with a medium after the sudden death of his young wife described movingly in The English Teacher br br Narayan has stated that the incident of the reluctant holy man was based on a real event which he read about in the newspaper br br Formerly India s most corrupt tourist guide Raju just released from prison seeks refuge in an abandoned temple Mistaken for a holy man he plays the part and succeeds so well that God himself intervenes to put Raju s newfound sanctity to the test br br Narayan s most celebrated novel b The Guide b won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy his country s highest literary honor


The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic

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The English Teacher

Krishna an English teacher in the town of Malgudi nagged by the feeling he s doing the wrong work is nonetheless delighted by his domestic life where his wife and young daughter wait for him outside the house every afternoon Devastated by the death of his wife Krishna comes to realise what he really wants to do and makes a decision that will change his life forever


The Man-Eater of Malgudi

This is the story of Nataraj who earns his living as a printer in the little world of Malgudi an imaginary town in South India Nataraj and his close friends a poet and a journalist find their congenia l days disturbed when Vasu a powerful taxidermist moves in with his stuffed hyenas and pythons and brings his dancing women up the printer s private stairs When Vasu in search of larger game threatens the life of a temple elephant that Natara j has befriended complications ensue that are both laughable and tragic


The Bachelor of Arts

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 br br 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 br br 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 br


The Vendor of Sweets

While the colourful sweetmeats are frying in the kitchen Jagan immerses himself in his copy of the Bhagavad Gita A widower of firm Gandhian principles Jagan nonetheless harbours a warm and embarrassed affection for his wastrel son Mali Yet even Jagan s patience begins to fray when Mali descends on the sleepy city of Malgudi full of modern notions with a new half American wife and a grand plan for selling novel writing machines From different generations and different cultures father and son are forced to confront each other and are taken by surprise


The Painter of Signs

For Raman the sign painter life is a familiar and satisfying routine A man of simple rational ways he lives with his pious aunt and prides himself on his creative work But all that changes when he meets Daisy a thrillingly independent young woman who wishes to bring birth control to the area Hired to create signs for her clinics Raman finds himself smitten by a love he cannot understand much less avoid and soon realizes that life isn t so routine anymore Set in R K Narayan s fictional city of Malgudi i The Painter of Signs i is a wry bittersweet treasure br br For more than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With more than titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translators


A Tiger for Malgudi

A venerable tiger old and toothless now looks back over his life from cubhood and early days roaming wild in the Indian jungle Trapped into a miserable circus career as Raja the magnificent he is then sold into films co starring with a beefy Tarzan in a leopard skin until finding the human world too brutish and bewildering he makes a dramatic bid for freedom R K Narayan s story combines Hindu mysticism with ripe Malgudi comedy viewing human absurdities through the eyes of a wild animal and revealing how quite unexpectedly Raja finds sweet companionship and peace


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