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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141393602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141393605
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most eloquent and imaginative works to deal with this difficult and emotive subject (Martin Seymour-Smith)

It recalled to me very vividly the occasions I have walked 'the wrong way' in an Indian city, and it is a way down which no novelist has yet taken me (E. M. Forster)

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Mulk Raj Anand, one of the most highly regarded Indian novelists writing in English, was born in Peshawar in 1905. He was educated at the universities of Lahore, London and Cambridge, and lived in England for many years, finally settling in a village in Western India after the war. His novels on humanism have been translated into several world languages. He died in 2004.

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The book is describes Indian society as seen through the eyes of Bakha, an out-caste and one of the untouchables. They are so named because they are associated with physical as well as religious impurity. Bakha is a teenage sweeper-boy who was raised in the spirit os Indian society during the time of British colonisation. He soon realises that Indian society has nothing to offer him, which is why he begins to idealise the British and attempts, in a pityable manner, to become as British as his meagre means allow. The book describes a day in Bakha's life, which is full of humiliations until he almos by accident witnesses a speech by Mahatma Ghandi....
The book is an easy read and at the same time highly complex as it describes Indian culture very well, but not in a teacher-like way, but as you go along. It presents an account of the lives of those forgotten about. If you're interested in Indian culture or postcolonial literature, I can only recommend the book. I enjoyed it.
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