Book Review


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Book Review: “Malgudi Days”

Title:                            MALGUDI DAYS

Author:                       R. K. Narayan

Illustrator:                   R. K. Laxman

Country:                     India

Language:                 English

Publisher:                 Indian Thought Publications, Chennai

Publication year:      2013

Media type:                Print

Pages:                        150

ISBN:                          978-81-85986-17-7

Acc. No.:                    1373

Price:                          125.00

 

MALGUDI DAYS is among Narayan’s collection of short stories. The stories written with  Narayan’s simple style and characteristics, gentle irony, portray the variety and color of Indian life. Narayan tried to make the character and space universal in the form of his imaginary concept.

The book was republished outside India in 1982 by Penguin Classics. The book includes 32 stories, all set in the fictional town of Malgudi, located in South India. Each of the stories portrays a facet of life in Malgudi. The New York Times described the virtue of the book as “everyone in the book seems to have a capacity for responding to the quality of his particular hour. It’s an art we need to study and revive.”

In 1986, a few of the stories in the book were included in the Malgudi Days television series and directed by actor and director, Shankar Nag.

2004, the project was revived with film-maker Kavitha Lankesh replacing the late Shankar Nag as director. The new series was telecast from April 26, 2006 on Doordarshan.

In 2014, Google commemorated Narayan’s 108th birthday by featuring a Google Doodle showing him behind a copy of Malgudi Days.

32 stories are categorize into three groups-

First group is “From an Astrologer’s Day”  which comprises 16 short stories-

“An Astrologer’s Day”, “The Missing Mail”, “The Doctor’s Word”, “Gateman’s Gift”, “The Blind Dog”, “Fellow Feeling”, “The Tiger’s Claw”, “Iswaran”, “Such Perfection”,  “Father’s Help”, “The Snake Song” , “Engine Trouble” , “Forty-Five A Month “Out of Business”, “Attila”, and  “The Axe”.

Second group is “From Lawley Road”  which comprises 8 short stories

“Lawley Road”, “Trail of the Green Blazer”, “The Martyr’s Corner”, “Wife’s Holiday”, “A Shadow”,   “A Willing Slave”, “Leela’s Friend” and “Mother and Son”.

Third group is “Later Stories” which has 8 short stories-

“Naga”, “Selvi”, “Second Opinion”, “Cat Within”, “The Edge”, “God and the Cobbler”, “Hungry Child” and “Emden” .

The summary of one of its stories titledThe Missing Mail“:  It is a  story about Thannappa, a good hearted postman who shared a good relationship with all the people whom he used to handle them their letter especially with Ramanujam, a senior clerk in the Revenue Department Office .He doesn’t deliver a letter to Ramanujam about the death of his uncle in order to prevent it from serving as an obstacle in the marriage ceremony of Ramanujam’s daughter that was finally going to be happening after many ups and downs.

MORAL VALUE: THE IMAGINATION POWER GOES BEYOND OF THE ALL BOUNDARIES .

MY OPINION:     THIS BOOK IS VERY INTERESTING FOR LITERATURE LOVER AND                                              THE   STUDENTS.

 

Book reviewed by  —-

VAIDEHI KUMARI, Librarian,  K. V. DANAPUR CANTT. (FS)    ( PATNA REGION)

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1 Response to Book Review

  1. Dinkar TGT S.Sc says:

    A nice presentation of book review of R K NARAYANA MALGUDI DAYS WHICH APPEAL us to go through this master piece. Thanks

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