Waiting for the Mahatma

Waiting for the Mahatma

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by R. K. Narayan
     
 

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In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of modern Indian fiction, human-scale hopes and epiphanies express the promise of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. In Waiting for the Mahatma, a young drifter meets the most beautiful girl he has ever seen–an adherent of Mahatma Gandhi–and commits himself to Gandhi’sSee more details below

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In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of modern Indian fiction, human-scale hopes and epiphanies express the promise of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. In Waiting for the Mahatma, a young drifter meets the most beautiful girl he has ever seen–an adherent of Mahatma Gandhi–and commits himself to Gandhi’s Quit India campaign, a decision that will test the integrity of his ideals against the strength of his passions. This novel, written after India's independence, is a masterpiece of social comedy, rich in local color and abounding in affectionate humor and generosity of spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Francis King
The hardest of all things for a novelist to communicate is the extraordinary ordinariness of most human happiness…Jane Austen, Soseki, Chekhov: a few bring it off. Narayan is one of them.
—Francis King, Spectator
Anthony West
R.K. Narayan…has been compared to Gogol in England, where he has acquired a well—deserved reputation. The comparison is apt for Narayan, an Indian, is a writer of Gogol's stature, with the same gift for creating a provincial atmosphere in a time of change…one is convincingly involved in this alien world without ever being aware of the technical devices Narayan so brilliantly employs.
—Anthony West, The New Yorker
Margaret Parton
The experience of reading one of his novels is…comparable to one's first reaction to the great Russian novels: the fresh realization of the common humanity of all peoples, underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness—like one's own reflection seen in a green twilight.
—Margaret Parton, New York Herald Tribune Book Review
Amit Roy
The novels of R.K. Narayan are the best I have read in any language for a long time.
—Amit Roy, Daily Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345803856
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,159,497
File size:
2 MB

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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