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The Man-eater of Malgudi (King Penguin) Paperback – 28 Apr 1983

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140062572
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140062571
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,626,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Conoisseurs have known for years that the city of Malgudi, hybrid of Mysore and the molten universe, is the place to go for some of the best, wisest, and slyest scenes from the human comedy." --"The Observer "(London) "Narayan's comedy . . . is a classical art, profounf in feeling and delicate in control." --"The New York Times Book Review" "Narayan is a first-rate storyteller, and this is one of his most successful efforts . . . it cracks the whole of like wide open." --"The New Yorker" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja’s College in Mysore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there. In 1958 Narayan’s work The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country’s highest literary honor. In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoirs, and the re-told legends Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and the Mahabharata. In 1980 he was awarded the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Narayan died in 2001. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Man-eater of Malgudi" is the first book of Narayan's that I read and it wont be the last.
The book is basically about a man standing up to a bully. The main character, Mr. Nataraj, owns a printing shop in Malgudi and is quite happy with his lot until Vasu, a big hunk of a man, moves into Nataraj's attic.
Vasu who is a taxidermist likes to push people around as if he owns them and is almost immediately resented by the quiet Nataraj and his friends. Only when the taxidermist threatens a beloved temple elephant does Nataraj decide that enough is enough and decides to confront Vasu...with terrible consequences.
R.K. Narayan's potrait of a small fictitious town in India is beautifully done with his exquisite English. One can read about an Indian family eating rice off banana leaves on their kitchen floor and do their ablutions in the river; all that and many more written in such perfect English that one does not feel any strangeness. On the contrary, the reader is pulled closer to the story and the characters regardless whether the reader is an English, American, Japanese, African or whatever. Narayan's lack of pretense in his writings is his merit and his charm.
I was saddened to hear of his death in early 2001. India and the English-speaking world in general has lost a great man of letters. Hopefully, through his books the genius that was R.K. Narayan would live on.
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R K Naryan was a rare Gem in the literary world. All his books are excellent and must read for anybody who can read English.

Its specially nice for people who would like to know what Rural India was.. The relationships, the environment, the society - each and every aspect is explained in such an amazing and interesting way that you feel you are there when things are happening - you are transformed to places and situations.

Even if you are not interested in India, still its a great read. The way Narayan handles the language is must read to believe. You would have never imagined that simple stories and sitatuation's can be explained so beautifully.

Once you start reading the book you cannot stop infact you will end up reading the books again and again as i do ( which i do not do with any other books )

Its highly recommended to buy all the Novels / Books of R K Narayan
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I hadn't read RK Narayan before and I found it dated, I know this book has excellent reviews but I think they are an acquired taste. Will try another one of this author's books because he has such a good reputation. Maybe I just picked the wrong one.......
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