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Malgudi Days (Penguin Classics) Paperback – August 29, 2006
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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.
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.
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...
Despite the short length of the stories, taken as a whole there is a kind of haunting beauty--despite the grit and calamity--that sticks with the reader long after they finish this work. Compelling, unforgettable, vibrant and yet tinged by a hint of sadness ... a bit like India itself, dare I say?
A collection of short stories (the longest is 20 pages, many are 5 or 6) by someone who seems to have been one of the great Indian writers of the 20th Century, though I'd never heard of him before, which says more about me than it does about him. The stories are well-observed little vignettes, most with a Saki/Henry "twist in the tail." The characters are vivid, and there's a real sense of the reality of his fictional city of Malgudi.
The biggest problem for me was that I didn't find the book very, well, _visual_. The city seems real because its people seem real, and because there is a building sense of, "Oh, yes, that place;" but I don't know, usually, what "that place" looks like.
But it's a very enjoyable read, and a fairly fast one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Narayan's elementary prose and barely there sketchy stories won't pass muster in Middle school. The first story you read is charming... Read morePublished 1 month ago by PRau
I wanted to love these stories but I found the style of writing rather elementary and felt the stories were often anticlimactic.Published 1 month ago by palaver247
I'm not much of a fan of fiction, but this book was highly colorful and interesting. The one story I read was humorous and entertaining.Published 2 months ago by N. Coppedge
Came in newly and freshly and it looked beautiful. Thank you Amazon!Published 5 months ago by Xxgamberb0yxx
Swami and his friends are a favourite of my family as as his other novels. I will only be repeating myself in my praises. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tiffintime