R.K. Narayan


Born
in Chennai, India
October 10, 1906

Died
May 13, 2001

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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 memoi
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Malgudi Days

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4.22 avg rating — 16,251 ratings — published 1943 — 32 editions
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Swami and Friends

4.22 avg rating — 12,114 ratings — published 1935 — 37 editions
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The Guide

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3.92 avg rating — 9,089 ratings — published 1958 — 53 editions
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The Ramayana: A Shortened M...

3.92 avg rating — 4,356 ratings — published 1972 — 12 editions
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The English Teacher

3.80 avg rating — 3,803 ratings — published 1945 — 15 editions
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The Man-Eater of Malgudi

3.83 avg rating — 3,114 ratings — published 1961 — 19 editions
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The Bachelor of Arts

3.83 avg rating — 2,782 ratings — published 1937 — 26 editions
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The Vendor of Sweets

3.76 avg rating — 2,400 ratings — published 1967 — 16 editions
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The Painter of Signs

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3.70 avg rating — 2,182 ratings — published 1977 — 13 editions
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A Tiger for Malgudi

3.91 avg rating — 1,663 ratings — published 1983 — 12 editions
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“life is about making right things and going on..”
R.K. Narayan, Malgudi Days

“You become [a] writer by writing. It is a yoga.”
R. K. Narayan

“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

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April 2020 New School Group Read Poll

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, 1988, 182 pages
 
  92 votes, 26.2%

Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene, 1958, 220 pages
 
  72 votes, 20.5%

 
  69 votes, 19.7%

Island by Aldous Huxley, 1962, 354 pages
 
  49 votes, 14.0%

 
  38 votes, 10.8%

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe, 1979, 352 pages
 
  20 votes, 5.7%

Swami and Friends by R.K. Narayan, 1935, 190 pages
 
  11 votes, 3.1%

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