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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143039652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143039655
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

India's great novelist presents "a gallery of colorful characters" in this collection of short stories set in the mythical village of Malgudi. LJ's reviewer found the tales "compelling miniature gems" (LJ 4/1/82).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene, who became a close friend, was often compared to that of Dickens, Chekhov, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, among others. October 10, 2006, is the centennial of Narayan's birth.


Jhumpa Lahiri won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, and is the author of The Namesake.


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I had heard a lot of good things about this book.
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All these stories combine succinctness and precision with a human and symbolic resonance that is truly exceptional.
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I really enjoyed this collection and look forward to reading more of his work.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Engineer for literature on August 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I reread Malgudi days after 20 or so years! It was a delight just as it was when I read them the first time. Only this time; being in the US, made the Characters more endearing! Looking through the mist of time the village with all its sounds sights and smells looked prettier than a real one. This is a book for you all ex-pats to curl up on a snowy winter day with a hot cup of tea (even better if someone makes hot Pakoras to go with!) and enjoy.

To the non-Indian friends, may be a hot coffee and some chicken nuggets (or soy nuggets!) and winter days.

To the couple of readers who were disappointed! Well the whole point behind these stories is to capture the life as it flows. The climax is in the journey itself.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Aniruddha G. Kulkarni on May 3, 2004
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Indian village despite its problems of scarcity of drinking water,electricity, poor sanitation, unemployment and lack of health care, holds a charm to all Indians. Mahatma appealed to all Indians to return to villages, Ambedkar asked Dalits to escape them.

More Indians now leave their villages than ever to come to cities.

However, even if they leave their village, its memory remains with them for rest of their life. People call it by different names. Author R K Narayan calls it Malgudi Days!

A delightful book.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on July 6, 2004
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Malgudi Days was my introduction to R.K. Narayan and frankly I have been wondering where he's been all my life. These stories are wonderful. They are the kind of stories that will stay with me for several days after reading them. Narayan brings you to a time and a place with each story. His characters are believable, his stories moving, his writing impeccable. Each story is full of humanity. I love this classic author! I really enjoyed this collection and look forward to reading more of his work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By avi555 on November 22, 2002
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R. K. Narayan is one of those authors who conveys a lot of expressions with a few words, and that is clearly displayed in Malgudi days. Each short story is unique and each character given space. A good book, to say the least.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vijay Krishna on September 6, 2002
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Few people will contest the contention that R.K. Narayan is the best Indian writer in English. Malgudi Days is a collection of short stories centered around the fabled town of Malgudi, which is the author's own creation.
Once when he was in New York, Narayan was asked where Malgudi was. To which the reply was "Malgudi is everywhere. I find Malgudi right here in New York. The doorkeeper at one of the restaurants reminds me of persons I have come across elsewhere."
This book will make you live the Malgudi experience that has captivated so many readers. Enchanting, the short stories are too good that you will relaize that their greatness lies in their extraordinary simplicity. As someone said, the only thing that makes Narayan's books extraordinary is that they are extraordinarily ordinary! I bet you can relate to each of these characters. The stories are so close to real life that it will be tough not to experience a hangover.
Narayan is dead, but the legend of Malgudi will live on. Narayan is definitely one of the greatest authors English literature has ever seen. And nothing can quite match Malgudi...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy on October 10, 2006
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This book is a collection of short stories written in very simple language. What really makes the difference is the connection it establishes with the readers. Stories are about simple people and simple issues in life. RNK is one of the best authors I have read. He has his own style of writing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jarucia Jaycox Nirula VINE VOICE on March 26, 2008
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Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan offers the reader a wonderful chance to experience the ordinariness and pleasant magic of life on the Sub-Continent.

This collection of short stories provides an array of vantage points from which the reader can consider Indian life. While meant to be tongue-in-cheek commentaries or light hearted reflections on the social and political realities of India, Narayan doesn't fall short of capturing and relaying a truly authentic feel.

Personally, this book made a wonderful traveling companion as I toured the South of India. The details of the stories were more manifest in the environment around me than in any other part of the country, yet the story themes were in no way constrained by locale. They very much hold a universal appeal.

If you enjoy the writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, then you will enjoy the work of R.K. Narayan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arunadevi Hollingshead on March 15, 2012
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When I was working in India, I had the good fortune to watch some TV serials based on this book. The book contains down to earth folklore. Read it to understand the simple lives in the villages in India.
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