The Painter of Signs

The Painter of Signs

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ISBN-13: 9780143039662
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 387,770
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene, who became a close friend, was often compared to that of Dickens, Chekhov, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, among others.

Monica Ali, one of Granta's "Best of Young British Novelists," is the author of Brick Lane, finalist for the Man Booker Prize.

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Painter of Signs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
michaelm42071 on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Raman, the painter of signs, makes less than he ought to because his aesthetic sense leads him to argue with clients over colors and letter styles, and he¿s pretty ineffectual in any situation where there is the least conflict. He lives alone with his aunt, who cooks for him. He fancies himself an intellectual because he reads a few pages of a different book each afternoon before falling asleep. He socializes at a hotel and restaurant ironically called the Boardless¿that is, it has no sign.Then he meets Daisy, the Family Planning Centre missionary, strangely affectless, independent, and determined that no emotion will impede her work. Though so different in temperament, Raman is attracted, follows her into the hills on an austere tour of villages to spread the birth control word, and on the way back he makes a disastrous pass at Daisy. But she shows up at his house some days later, and their romance progresses to the point of a proposal. The aunt goes off on a pilgrimage to the Ganges and holy places, determined not to return.Then Daisy balks, taking off on missionary work in a region where the birth numbers have risen shockingly the previous year. Raman gets on his bicycle and heads for the Boardless.Narayan is wonderful with dialogue, capturing the quaint charm of the many speakers of Indian English: ¿Long time since I saw you, what have you been doing with yourself all along?¿ The book is set in Narayan¿s fictional town of Malgudi, below the Mempi Hills, in 1972
bibliobibuli on LibraryThing 4 months ago
It's the story of a signpainter called Raman who falls in love with an emanicipated and high-minded woman called Daisy who approaches her job as family-planner with missionary zeal. Daisy enlists Raman's help on her visits to the countryside to talk to rural communities about the benefits of smaller families. Raman is to paint the signs and murals which will carry the family-planning slogans. But during the journey he becomes infatuated with Daisy and determines to make her his wife.I hadn't been back to Narayan's fictional town of Malgudi (the setting of all his gentle, charming tales of Indian life) for a very long time, and was glad of the excuse to revisit. For the most of the group this was the first time they'd made the trip to Malgudi and they all thoroughly enjoyed Narayan's gentle humour and apparent simplicity. Someone drew an intersting parallel with Alexander McCall-Smith's First Ladies Detective Agency series which work the same kind of magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr Narayan has painted such a real tale of small town India in this simple to read book. It is a story of love and relationships. He's far ahead of his time to have written about an independent Indian woman when most other authors are delving in the suffering of the Indian woman. Kudos to Mr Narayan.