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The English Teacher

The English Teacher

by R. K. Narayan
     
 

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This novel completes the informal trilogy which began with Swami and Friends and The Bachelor of Arts. The protagonist, Krishna, is an English teacher at the same college he had attended as a student. Although Krishna has recently married, his wife Susila and their daughter live with his parents-in-law some miles away. The story opens with his immediate

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This novel completes the informal trilogy which began with Swami and Friends and The Bachelor of Arts. The protagonist, Krishna, is an English teacher at the same college he had attended as a student. Although Krishna has recently married, his wife Susila and their daughter live with his parents-in-law some miles away. The story opens with his immediate family deciding to join him in Malgudi. Krishna is initially frightened by this new state of affairs, but he soon finds that his love for both his wife and child grows deeper than he could have imagined. The description of Krishna's married life - the first few years of happiness, the excruciating agony during the weeks of Susila's death, the last journey to the cremation grounds - is astonishingly moving and almost flawless piece of writing.

Editorial Reviews

Russell Davies
"(Narayan) does not deal in exemplary fates, and the Western novels machinery of retribution is far too grandeouse for him....In Narayan's world, scores are not settled by dissolved, recycled, restated. 'Both of us will shed our forms soon and perhaps we could meet again, who knows? So goodbye for the present.' These are the concluding words of the novel A Tiger for Malgudi, but they constitute a universal epilog one could have been most of Narayan's fiction." -- Times Literary Supplement
J.S. Muehl
"Mr. Narayan has repeatedly been compared with Chekov. Ordinarily such comparisons are gratutious and strained, but in this case there are such clear and insistent echoes that any careful reader will be aware of them. It leaves that sense of rightness which transends mere structure. There is the inexplicable blending of tragedy and humour. Most of all, there is a brooding awareness of fate which makes the story seem not altered, but merely transcribed." -- Saturday Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780099282280
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
08/02/2001
Edition description:
New

Meet the Author


R. K. Narayan (1906–2001) was one of the most prominent Indian novelists of the twentieth century. Most of his stories are set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi, a place that Narayan populated with numerous characters. He was the recipient of many awards for his work including the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, India's highest literary honor. In 1980 he was awarded the AC Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature, of which he was an honorary member and in 1982 he was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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