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The English Teacher
     

The English Teacher

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 title character in The English Teacher, Narayan’s most autobiographical novel, searches for meaning when the death of his young wife deprives him of his greatest source of happiness. This pioneering novel

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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 title character in The English Teacher, Narayan’s most autobiographical novel, searches for meaning when the death of his young wife deprives him of his greatest source of happiness. This pioneering novel, luminous in its detail and refreshingly free of artifice, is a gift to twentieth-century literature.

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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:
9780345803825
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
805,385
File size:
2 MB

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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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