The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories

The Grandmother s Tale and Selected Stories There is no better introduction to R K Narayan than this remarkable collection of stories celebrating work that spans five decades Characters include a storyteller whose magical source of tales dries

  • Title: The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories
  • Author: R.K. Narayan
  • ISBN: 9780880016247
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • There is no better introduction to R.K Narayan than this remarkable collection of stories celebrating work that spans five decades Characters include a storyteller whose magical source of tales dries up, a love stricken husband who is told by astrologers he must sleep with a prostitute to save his dying wife, a pampered child who discovers that his beloved uncle may be aThere is no better introduction to R.K Narayan than this remarkable collection of stories celebrating work that spans five decades Characters include a storyteller whose magical source of tales dries up, a love stricken husband who is told by astrologers he must sleep with a prostitute to save his dying wife, a pampered child who discovers that his beloved uncle may be an impostor or even a murderer Standing supreme amid this rich assortment of stories is the title novella Told by the narrator s grandmother, the tale recounts the adventures of her mother, married at seven and then abandoned, who crosses the subcontinent to extract her husband from the hands of his new wife Her courage is immense and her will implacable but once her mission is completed, her independence vanishes Gentle irony, wryly drawn characters, and themes at once Indian and universal mark these humane stories, which firmly establish Narayan as one of the world s preeminant storytellers.

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    About “R.K. Narayan

    • R.K. Narayan

      R K Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists who wrote in English.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 Most of Narayan s work, starting with his first novel Swami and Friends 1935 , captures many Indian traits while retaining a unique identity of its own He was sometimes compared to the American writer William Faulkner, whose novels were also grounded in a compassionate humanism and celebrated the humour and energy of ordinary life.Narayan who lived till age of ninety four, died in 2001 He wrote for than fifty years, and published until he was eighty seven He wrote fourteen novels, five volumes of short stories, a number of travelogues and collections of non fiction, condensed versions of Indian epics in English, and the memoir My Days.



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    • On 30th of December, 2016 I saw a great tragedy waiting silently in the corner of my mind, ready to strike at any moment. The tragedy, who goes by no name, but I like to call her, "The Guilt of Failing Thy Challenge" comes scarily close near the end of every year. But this time it was the worst. I had two days to find my 12th book, finish it, and post a review in order to survive. So I went book hunting in my own apartment which is generally littered with plenty of books. It is so because, ever [...]


    • R K Narayan doing what he does the best.Telling stories that are simple in their narration,subtle in their emotions and crazy in their conception and so so believable in their final interpretation.


    • Loved this book. Read it when I was a kid, this was hidden inside my history text book so that no one knew when I read it. Still remember the nuances of the story especially when grandma travels to Maharashtra


    • R K Narayan's writing touches your heart. There is nothing more fulfilling than recollecting how simple life was back then. How our ancestors grew old. How a generation before us, kept themselves entertained. How people were happy with smaller things like getting photographed, getting a new shirt stitched, cooking a nice meal and then serving on banana leaf, gardening. How big was everyone's heart back then. Or was it imaginary. I do not know. I am happy R K Narayan's writing somehow gives me th [...]


    • The stories in this collection are simple like the writer's style. The narrative in spite of being simple was still able to evoke curiosity, laughter and in some cases a tongue in cheek reaction. Overall, although there were some great short stories in this collection, some were too simple to make a point. RK Narayan has held more of my interest with his novels than with this short story collection


    • Narayan writes wry, understated stories about domestic life in small-town India during the twentieth century. The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories is filled with tiny heartbreaks and minute revelations; the modulated restraint is so sustained that the rare streaks of malice or wit in these stories are almost shocking. I think I prefer those shocks: the exquisite small-scale tone is so constant as to be numbing, while the louder stories (showcasing such outrageous emotions as distant self- [...]


    • Super story, the story starts like a grand mother starts telling her personal story(flash back) to his grand son the narration of the story was superb.


    • I think this is the second book by RK Narayan which I have given up on because it's just too slow and full of uninteresting conversation for me.


    • There are some great Tales within this compilation of shorts. I read and re-read these ever so often and the stories are thought evoking. I remember being astonished when in one story a neighbor got to spank the hell out of a bratty child, I later was told this is acceptable in India. Can't you just imagine if it would be okay to do in the USA? What a different world India is.


    • Some of the stories in this collection felt unfinished and unsatisfying, especially the shorter ones. But others were wonderful. In particular, I loved "The Grandmother's Tale", "Salt and Sawdust", and "A Horse and Two Goats." This may say more about me (and the fact that I like humor and a twist ending) than it does about Narayan and this collection.


    • The new additions don't quite have the magic as the ones compiled in the classic Malgudi Days. But still enjoyable.





    • This book was entertaining. Funny, and I didn't feel like putting it down. I liked the story Salt and Sawdust the most.


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