The Man-Eater of Malgudi

The Man Eater of Malgudi This is the story of Nataraj who earns his living as a printer in the little world of Malgudi an imaginary town in South India Nataraj and his close friends a poet and a journalist find their cong
  • Title: The Man-Eater of Malgudi
  • Author: R.K. Narayan
  • ISBN: 9780140185485
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Man-Eater of Malgudi
    This is the story of Nataraj, who earns his living as a printer in the little world of Malgudi, an imaginary town in South India Nataraj and his close friends, a poet and a journalist, find their congenia l days disturbed when Vasu, a powerful taxidermist, moves in with his stuffed hyenas and pythons, and brings his dancing women up the printer s private stairs When VasuThis is the story of Nataraj, who earns his living as a printer in the little world of Malgudi, an imaginary town in South India Nataraj and his close friends, a poet and a journalist, find their congenia l days disturbed when Vasu, a powerful taxidermist, moves in with his stuffed hyenas and pythons, and brings his dancing women up the printer s private stairs When Vasu, in search of larger game, threatens the life of a temple elephant that Natara j has befriended, complications ensue that are both laughable and tragic.
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    R K Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists who wrote in English.R.K Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja s College in Mysore His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there In 1958 Narayan s work The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country s highest literary honor In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoirs, and the re told legends Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and the Mahabharata In 1980 he was awarded the A.C Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Most of Narayan s work, starting with his first novel Swami and Friends 1935 , captures many Indian traits while retaining a unique identity of its own He was sometimes compared to the American writer William Faulkner, whose novels were also grounded in a compassionate humanism and celebrated the humour and energy of ordinary life.Narayan who lived till age of ninety four, died in 2001 He wrote for than fifty years, and published until he was eighty seven He wrote fourteen novels, five volumes of short stories, a number of travelogues and collections of non fiction, condensed versions of Indian epics in English, and the memoir My Days.


  • The moment when you think that you are reading Wodehouse, but it turns out to be Agatha Christie RKN surprised me, once again The Man eater of Malgudi is just like another Malgudi novel, as it seems, but so unlike in many aspects Just like any other RKN novels, it s a perfect mixture of humour and drama, with a bit of irony, BUT, but it has twists and turns, fascinating characters and, well, a Man eater a thing you wouldn t find in his other works And a murder mystery, too so unRKNish, na BOOM [...]

  • This had a bit of everything Drama, Mystery, Comedy and a bit eccentric characters.And the signature simplicity of RKN on top of all this.So this was yet another RKN buddy read with Arpit his review and we both loved it.

  • Any recommendations on a first Narayan book I asked the owner of Focus Books in Pondicherry Without batting an eyelid she picked out The Man eater of Malgudi and thrust it into my hand Narayan created the fictional town of Malgudi in the late 1930s The endless attempts to identify its genesis miss the point Malgudi is India s anytown.Narayan later said the discovery of it was earth shaking It is at once intimate and universal India in a microcosm The railway station, the streets, the backdrop of [...]

  • I had glanced at this book many times in the shelves of bookstores but never actually bought it Spotting it in my Anni s book shelf I lost no time in packing it to take it with me And I liked it a lot I ve never read Narayan outside my school English textbooks and this book was wonderful The humour is just amazing and I had a great time The character of Vasu is the most interesting among all others and I think it is so well developedwe get curious about him even though he s not the good guy The [...]

  • Its hard to rate this book The writing, as always with Narayan, is exquisite, each sentence adds to the next and its always visual, like watching a film in words The setting and the characters take front stage and the story seems to be just the vehicle for them And that s what makes it less enjoyable, this slowness of plot.

  • A classic from R.K.Narayan As usual very recognizable yet interesting characters The protagonist is a typical middle class man with timid character, never being able to say No or stand up firmly against what he despised The dilemma in his mind as to what is right and what he could do presents an interesting picture common in our lives too On the other hand the negative character is extremely strong and generates a loathing in the reader You cant help hating him for what he does and how he does i [...]

  • I read this a few years ago for a Uni class on Indian literature It was one of the reasons I was glad I took that class I found it very funny with the juxtaposition between Nataraj s put upon personality and the massive, bullying Vasu who rolls into town A good read if you like odd couple situations I m digging it out tomorrow for a re read

  • I ve read many of Narayan s works The Vendor Of Sweets review show and Talkative Man to a number of short stories In reading The Vendor of Sweets, I had an experience of familiarity and nostalgia, much like Pico Iyer describes in his introductory essay to my edition of The Man Eater of Malgudi, Midnight s Uncle But my experience with this novel was rather different Rather than focusing on the background of the stories, the fictional every town of Malgudi, Narayan seems to go right into the compl [...]

  • For me this book is a let down The enthusiasm with which I started reading the book, subsided with each turn of the pages True There were enjoyable moments in the book But those moments were few and far between Apart from two main characters, the author doesn t give much look into the other characters there are a lot of characters by the way Some characters were left hanging I feel like the author didn t do justice to those characters Their characters could have been molded to make the book much [...]

  • I had a tiger lion in mind when I picked this book so was quite excited to see how they catch it but it turned out to be a man who has been termed as the Man Eater of Malgudi And that is where half of my interest was lost Having said that it is again a typical RK s story where you get to see how the characters develop in the mythical town of Malgudi It is a story which is a depiction of the eternal war between good and the bad battle between goodness and evil where one character The Man Eater is [...]

  • a most delightful read by all means i thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it narayan s magic lies in his simplicity the protagonists aren t doing anything extraordinary, neither are they important people these are simple men living simple lives whose worlds turn upside down the moment there is a slight change in their daily mundane routines i implicitly agree with pico iyer in this we all have encountered a vasu in one form or another in our lives and there is bound to be a bit of natraj dwelling [...]

  • This was listed as a read alike in Novelist for Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency It takes place in India Its protagonist is a printer in Malgudi who has the misfortune of befriending a taxodermist This man moves in above the print shop and takes advantage of the protagonists unwillingness to confront him or be impolite It does fully immerse the reader in the country and culture of India but can be tiring at times The plot meanders.

  • I had to read this book in my first year of English at University I hated it, almost all the way through, because it annoyed me how the Taxidermist was so dominant and did whatever he wanted to that sweet Indian man, who did nothing at all After the end of the book, I thought about it, and realized how brilliantly the author made me loathe the characters I think that s a true testament to this author, and overall it made me appreciate the story.

  • Oh R.K Narayan I finally accept you I accept your stiff sentences because they conceal so much humor And your vocabulary that I used to despise has not just grown on me I find that it has a capacity for evocation I don t know whether I ve finally grown up to you or whether I grew up reading the wrong books from your oeuvre However, I am glad to have found you finally Here s looking at you.

  • This book is about looking beyond just the story Its the philosophy behind it RK Narayan is by far one of the best Indian authors and he happens to be my favorite His stories are everygreen and suitable for all ages This book is a modern day adaptation of the famous story about Bhasmaasura from the Hindu mythology.

  • One of those rare books which i could really relate to being basically from a small town n all.Great read.Deals with how simplicity is such a a complicated thing.The characters are real,subtle in their humor and most importantly for me,Indian.

  • This book was a leisurely read, taking the reader through the simplicity and liveliness of the small city of Malgudi.The climax of the story was humorous I never expected the story to end in that fashion

  • Quite a good book to read The writing is beautiful as usual, the characters looked real, in some parts of the book there is presence of humor But not as good as Malgudi days

  • Supreme artistry The legend of Bhasmasura modernised Malgudi becomes immortal yet again, this time with a twist in its tale.

  • One of the classics I would recommend to new comers in reading brilliant way to start of an addiction, of reading

  • People who have read R.K.Narayan would have pondered as to where Malgudi is or which place he had in mind while designing the fictional Malgudi Despite the fact that the author himself had said time and again that Malgudi is any Indian town, the readers cannot help but presume its existence somewhere in South India Such is the vividness of his stories and the characters woven in it Adverting to the novel at hand the Man Eater of Malgudi , one who has not read the gist on the rear end of book jac [...]

  • Simple It s the kind of story which happens in our next door Generally, I used to have a thought that the plot which revolves around foreign countries sounds interesting But this novel made me realise that the location or environment doesn t matter for the plot can create a huge impact on the readers, irrespective of the plot s surrounding At first, I thought what would be the final climax in this plota boring ending might be But I honestly admit that I gave a jerk, when the author gave a twist [...]

  • It is Narayan s first book in which I have encountered a totally negative character Be it Mali of Vendor of Sweets or Raju of Guide, Narayan always created positive characters, who may at times do bad karmas, but are never wholly evil His characters usually fall in fair or grey shade, but in the present novel, he has created a pure black persona Vasu is absolutely devoid of emotions, a vicious man who does not think twice before killing someone In fact, the title aptly suits the character of Vas [...]

  • delightful, not my usual genre, but i wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone with time to spare I particularly loved the way a reader has full insight into the protagonist s thought process, relating oneself to surprising bits of his personality The antagonist is introduced as a human manifestation of all things another human can possibly detest, towards the end one may actually begin sympathizing to some degree or another , he is a complex character Maybe its not a common observance but this pi [...]

  • Yet another elegant writing and delightful story telling from R.K.Narayan The fictional town of Malgudi and it s characters is probably the closest representation of good old Indian village town life that has always captured my imagination This brings lot of giggles without trying hard for any humor.

  • When one is tired of the hustle and bustle of Mumbai , Malgudi seems to be the most peaceful village one can refuge to The narration takes you to Malgudi and you just want to stay there forever Perfect for any 1st time reader of Narayan and his style.

  • This has the great merit of being short enough to read over a morning coffee That may also be its only merit.

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