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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Undoubtedly Narayan at his best, as always

    I am an avid reader of R.K.Narayan. Subtlety, the essence of Narayan's writing, weaves the poignant and humorous frames in the novel seamlessly. The novel doesn't mention anything about his wife or parents for a while. But the reader is made aware that Krishna indeed is married when a couple of letters arrives from his wife and father. Krishna smells the jasmine-fragrant envelope. It reminds him of the trunk in which his wife keeps all her stationery and her ever-lasting association with jasmine. Even though said subtly, it will give the reader the strong bond existing between Krishna and his wife. This is possible only for a great author like R.K. Then there are moments of sadness which will make one shed tears and feel gloomy along with the English teacher Krishna might feel in the story. But the author springs up a surprise to make Krishna get relief through a series of self-development. The couple Krishna and Sushila is made into an immortal ideal pair. Having read almost all the works of Narayan I would rate this as his achievement of a lifetime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2001

    Superbly written, enriching

    In an unusual and richly elegant prose, Narayan tells the story of a college teacher and his love for wife and family. The love is expressed indirectly, yet beautifully and tenderly. Interwoven into the story is a subtle social commentary and philosophical outlook on life and self. The theme of spirituality and longing is powerful, never heavy-handed, to the point that even the most improbable somehow seems probable and hopeful. A very profound book that I know I will return to again and again.

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