My Prior Posts on R. K. Narayan
Watch 39 Episodes of the Classic Malgudi Days TV shows from the 1980s
To me R. K. Narayan is not just a very good writer, he is a very likable one as well. Anyone who has read his novels and stories will understand what I mean. The people in his stories are real and have real life problems. In her introduction to the collection of Narayan's short stories, Malgudi Days, Jhumpa Lahari says that Narayan jumps right into his stories and assumes you are interested in what is going to happen. Most of his stories are set in the imaginary community of Malgudi in south India. Malgudi, unlike Winesburg Ohio or Yoknapatawpha County, has mostly normal mentally healthy residents.
|1906 to 2001|
There was a statue in the center of town of one Sir Frederick Lawley. It has been there so long no one even recalls who he is or who put the very large statue up. They just assume he was the worst kind of British Raj governor. The Statue is ordered taken down. After it is removed, it was discovered he was a strong advocate of India Independence, a true scholar of India culture who spoke several languages and a total humanitarian and really just a wonderful person. To compound it all he lost his life trying to save the victims of a flood when Indian leaders ran for high ground. Now things get crazy when all of this is reported in the local papers. Politicians whoever they are do not want to admit they made a mistake. Narayan does his normal brilliant job of letting us see what happens next.
From now until the end of the year I think I will mostly post on short stories.
If you want to sample the work of Narayan, you will find links to his stories in my prior posts.
Please share your experiences with Narayan with us. Do you have a favorite Narayan story (or have you not yet read him)?