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Malgudi Days by R.K. Narayan
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Oct 25, 11

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Read in June, 2011

A collection of short stories from the bustling town of Malgudi, 'Malgudi Days' is a conglomeration of humour, satire, simplicity and perfection. A literary sorcerer, Narayan breathes in life into his impeccable stories. Indeed preserved for posterity.
The varied collection of short stories is embellished with Narayan’s signature humour and the natural serene setting makes the stories all the more captivating. While some left me laughing out loud other doused me in gloom. 'An Astrologer’s Day', the first story in the collection is witty and shrouded in suspense and the impostor soothsayer does manage to make a prediction towards the end. 'The Blind Dog' is a poignant tale of an unending devotion of a little mongrel towards a blind beggar. My heart went out for the beast and the painful sacrifice of losing his freedom. 'The Axe' is a haunting and moving tale of the relationship between Velan, a keen gardener, and his plants. 'Gateman’s Gift' is hysterical. A gatekeeper’s uncanny approach towards a telegram that leads to the ruin of his craftsmanship has been ingeniously narrated. In fact each one of the stories manage to leave an impact that does not dissuade easily. Most of the stories are brief save a couple but the idea withheld within the brief plot is immense. It is a wonder that Narayan can squeeze in so much beauty and density in the course of a few short sentences. Again, highly recommended.
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