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Man-Eater of Malgudi Paperback – January 1, 2012
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"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
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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A wonderful tale of Indian life-one that is slowly drawing to a close in the fast pace of India today-and all the various characters that made it up, and with the stories roots firmly planted in Indian folk lore . This makes for a universal comedy appeal. A graet book, one of a number Narayan set in his wonderful fictional City of Malgudi.
A friend of mine handed this book to a White American, telling him, "This will explain the Indian mindset to you."
I can't think of another book that would do a better job. No one can summarize a billion people in a single book, but at least as far as middle-class Indian men go, Nataraj is as close to the quintessential Indian as I have ever read. Set in a different world fifty years ago, but still as real today as it was then.
The important thing in those tales and in this one as well, is to realize that just because something is "evil", it isnt entirely unholy or deviod of any good. Bhasmasura, the demon whom this tale is based on, was a very powerful and devoted disciple of God. Similarly, Vasu has his strengths as well. The reader will notice how the two faces of the same coin start merging. The simple print shop owner who was docile and timid enough to print the lawyer's invites for "free" changes over the course of the book to become more street wise and less of a push over much like Vasu.
Every form has its good and bad. R. K. Narayan wraps up this little nugget of truth with some very humurous touches in The Man-Eater of Malgudi.