R.K. Narayan





R.K. Narayan

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born
in Chennai, India
October 10, 1906

died
May 13, 2001

gender
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R. K. Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists writing 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...more


Average rating: 3.96 · 33,954 ratings · 1,572 reviews · 73 distinct works · Similar authors
Malgudi Days
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 7,367 ratings — published 1942 — 14 editions
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Swami and Friends
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 5,273 ratings — published 1935 — 15 editions
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The Guide
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 3,907 ratings — published 1958 — 31 editions
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The Ramayana: A Shortened M...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 2,275 ratings — published 1972 — 21 editions
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The English Teacher
3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,766 ratings — published 1980 — 9 editions
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The Man-Eater of Malgudi
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,658 ratings — published 1961 — 7 editions
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The Bachelor of Arts
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 1,349 ratings — published 1937 — 16 editions
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The Vendor of Sweets
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,045 ratings — published 1967 — 13 editions
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The Painter of Signs
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,067 ratings — published 1976 — 17 editions
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The Mahabharata: A Shortene...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 901 ratings — published 1978 — 15 editions
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Todo Malgudi
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“life is about making right things and going on..”
R.K. Narayan, Malgudi Days

“The difference between a simpleton and an intelligent man, according to the man who is convinced that he is of the latter category, is that the former wholeheartedly accepts all things that he sees and hears while the latter never admits anything except after a most searching scrutiny. He imagines his intelligence to be a sieve of closely woven mesh through which nothing but the finest can pass. ”
R.K. Narayan

“We always question the bonafides of the man who tells us unpleasant facts.”
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