The Man Eater of Malgudi This is the story of Nataraj,who earns his living as a printer in the enchanted world of Malgudi,that slumbering Southern Indian village whose peace has been so often amusingly and outrageously disturbed by Narayan.
Nataraj and his close friends, a poet and a journalist, find their congenial days disturbed when Vasu,a powerful taxidermist moves in with his stuffed hyenas and pythons, and brings his dancing women up
the printer’s private stairs. When Vasu, in search of larger game,threatens the life of a temple elephant that Nataraj has befriended complications ensue that are both comic and calamitous.
A not unwelcome death occurs; murder is suspected and Nataraj and his friends point guilty fingers at each other and those around them.The suspense never slackens in this bizarre, yet moving tale.
“Pungent as a Madras curry,gay with the rueful wry gaiety of Tamil and Telugus, Mr. Narayan’s The Man -Eater of Malgudi makes a most rich and satisfying mixture.Hilarity and high seriousness are rarely yoked together in partnership as effectively as they are in this book….. Mr Narayan’s writing is limped and beautifully unforced…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
R.K. Narayan, in full Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayan, original name Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanswami, (born October 10, 1906, Madras [Chennai], India—died May 13, 2001, Madras), one of the finest Indian authors of his generation writing in English.
Reared by his grandmother, Narayan completed his education in 1930 and briefly worked as a teacher before deciding to devote himself to writing. His first novel, Swami and Friends (1935), is an episodic narrative recounting the adventures of a group of schoolboys. That book and much of Narayan’s later works are set in the fictitious South Indian town of Malgudi. Narayan typically portrays the peculiarities of human relationships and the ironies of Indian daily life, in which modern urban existence clashes with ancient tradition. His style is graceful, marked by genial humour, elegance, and simplicity.
Among the best-received of Narayan’s 34 novels are The English Teacher (1945), Waiting for the Mahatma (1955), The Guide (1958), The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961), The Vendor of Sweets (1967), and A Tiger for Malgudi (1983). Narayan also wrote a number of short stories; collections include Lawley Road (1956), A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories (1970), Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories (1985), and The Grandmother’s Tale (1993). In addition to works of nonfiction (chiefly memoirs), he also published shortened modern prose versions of two Indian epics, The Ramayana (1972) and The Mahabharata (1978).