The Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts

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by R. K. Narayan
     
 

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R. K. Narayan (1906—2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. The Bachelor of Arts is a poignant coming-of-age novel about a young man flush with first love, but whose freedom to pursue it is hindered by the fixed ideas of his traditional Hindu family. This pioneering novel,See more details below

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R. K. Narayan (1906—2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. The Bachelor of Arts is a poignant coming-of-age novel about a young man flush with first love, but whose freedom to pursue it is hindered by the fixed ideas of his traditional Hindu family. This pioneering novel, luminous in its detail and refreshingly free of artifice, is a gift to twentieth-century literature.

Editorial Reviews

Francis King
"The hardest of all things for a novelist to communicate is the extraordinary ordinariness of most human happiness....Jane Austin, Soseki, Chekhov: a few bring it off. Narayan is one of them." -- The Spectator

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345803801
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
612,551
File size:
2 MB

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Graham Greene
"There are writers -- Tolstoy and Henry James to name two -- whom we hold in awe, writers -- Turgenev and Chekov -- for whom we feel a personal affection, other writers whom we respect -- Conrad for example -- but who hold us at a long arm's length with their 'courtly foreign grace.' Narayan (whom I don't hesitate to name in such a context) more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude, for he has offered me a second home. Without him I could never have know what it is like to be Indian."
J. A.B. van Buitenen
"R.K. Narayan has for several decades been the best Indian writer in English. From year to year I have had a hope that he would be awarded a Nobel Prize. That may still happen. He personifies two civilizations and particularly the point of intersection between them."

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