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While the colourful sweetmeats are frying in the kitchen, Jagan immerses himself in his copy of the Bhagavad Gita. A widower of firm Gandhian principles, Jagan nonetheless harbours a warm and embarrassed affection for his wastrel son Mali. Yet even Jagan's patience begins to fray when Mali descends on the sleepy city of Malgudi full of modern notions, with a new half-Ameri ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published 1993 by Penguin (first published 1967)
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بثينة العيسى
نص ممتع وآسر، غني بالتفاصيل. البيئة الهندية حاضرة بكل الجلال والجمال، صراع الأزمان والأجيال، الطبيعية المدهشة في الحوارات، رواية جديرة بالقراءة جدًا.
Sara Al-ghasra

تعرض الرواية بشكل رئيسي الفروق بين الأجيال في الفكر والرغبات ..
فالأب جاجان المتمسك بمبادئه و قواعده الخاصة و رؤيته لمستقبل ابنه التي تتعارض مع فكرة مالي الابن المدلل وتطلعه في أن يصبح كاتباً .

يترك مالي الجامعة ويتجه لأمريكا .. عائداً بفكر أكثر تعنتاً .. تاركاً معتقداته الهندوسية .. و يرى في أبيه شخصاً غير معاصر و مستهزئاً بعمله كبائع حلوى.

تتوالى الأحداث بين الأب المحافظ على أفكاره والابن صاحب المشاريع الذي يحاول إشراك والده فيها ، وابن العم الذي شكّل حلقة الوصل بينهما .

الرواية مليئة بالتفاصيل
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian-fiction
This was a nice read; light and refreshing after finishing dense and menacing “Woman in white” by Wilkie Collins. This is a story of contradictions between a father and a son. Father is average and very normal Indian Father who is constantly worried about his son’s future and who irrespective of seeing his expectations crushed every day keep loving his useless son. Then scenes from the past when Jagan himself was a son portrayed the irony of parents’ and childerns’ relationship in humorous way. ...more
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

أول قراءة لي للروائي الهندي آر كي نارايان و ليست مشجعة أبدًا،فالرواية باهتة دون محفز يجعلك تواصل القراءة و تعالج الأحداث بسطحية خالية من العمق والتشويق ، في أحد أطياف المجتمع الهندي ( التاميل ) يكدح جاجان بائع الحلوى الذي يربي إبنه الوحيد مالي بعد وفاة والدته ، رتابة حياته أكثر ما في تفاصيلها أمانًا فالروتين زاده الهندي على ما يبدو و أي تغيير ولو طفيف سيكون بمثابة إشعاع روحاني سلبي وشرير يحاول غزو رتابته ، وهذا ما يهدد حياته الآمنة فولده الذي نشأ بينهما حاجز الصمت الذي جعلهما أغراب في بيت واحد ك
Khaled Mohamed
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite, novels
تنتمى هذه الرواية إلى الرواية العائلية فهى تشبه رواية القوس والفراشة لـ محمد الأشعرى لأننا فى الروايتين فى مواجهة بانوراما عائلية , اللغة فى هذه الرواية سلسة جداً على عكس رواية القوس والفراشة بالرغم من أن رواية القوس والفراش يظهر فيها ألقاً فى الأستعارات ورشاقة فى الأسلوب أكثر مما ظهر فى هذه الرواية, لكن كاتب هذه الرواية أمسك كل تفاصيلها بإحكام ورسم شخصياتها بدقة ولذلك أستمتعت بقرائتها حقاً
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in the late 60s and probably set at about the same time (I don't know the history well enough to pinpoint: clues are the increasing use of private motorcars in provincial cities, the liquor prohibition laws which provide a pivotal plot point, a 60-year old who went to jail as a youth for civil disobedience as a follower of Ghandi and some sort of early computer).
The story is loosely about the old India versus the new. The son of the titular sweetshop proprietor goes off to America for a
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I find it hard to review this book, or even to pin down what I liked so much about it. Mostly, I think I enjoyed the window into a life with very different touchstones and sign posts from my own.

The main character is (perhaps not surprisingly) a person who owns a store that makes and sells candy in the Indian village where he lives and grew up. We gradually get to know him and the world as seen by him. The people who work in his shop, his son (whose point of view would probably be more familiar
Gorab Jain
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian
This one is based on father-son relationship and I enjoyed the content more than Swamy and his Friends. Yet another delightful read from the genius of R.K. Narayan.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thus I conclude that if one wants to live many lives or many places, one must read books; more and more of them. But I adore the memory of that little self sufficient town with lives so simple yet characters so complex in each other’s company. The monotony I never admired is interesting when I read the lives of Malgudi. There is no day distinctive from the other in Malgudi, yet there is much to graze as the prying of private lives will never come to a stop.

I have been browsing much simpler word
I have had this book on my TBR for 4 YEARS! Something told me to grab a copy and as usual I always follow my gut when this happens. I am so glad I did.

I enjoyed the relationships formed, the narrative was captured perfectly alongside that I just love Indian sweets. My mouth was watering at times.
Jagan is my favourite character although everyone was likeable. I will be reading more of his work very soon. Completely hooked.

Initially rated 4 stars but changed to 5.

If you're looking for a short st
Ashish Gautam
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Typical R K Narayan story.. sweet, simple centered in malgudi portraying the later age days of a genuine, selfless and satyagrahi turned sweet shop owner. His life is full of grief due to society and above all his own spoilt son. Narayan has beautifully portraid the helplessness of an indian father with his traditional values against his son returned from america with a girl and a lot of foolishness.
Enjoy to read and it is very sad but practical to understand the feelings of jagan, the shop owne
Fatima Mohamady ..
بكم كبير من التفاصيل المكررة أحياناً يقدم الكاتب صورة لأحد المجتمعات ضمن الأمة الهندية الضخمة، حرصاً على إظهار العادات والتقاليد والمعتقدات كمحور ثقافي ،وفي جو من تضارب الأجيال والثقافات يظهر المحور الثاني للعمل وهو اجتماعي ..
لم أجدها شيقة رغم الاستطراد في قراءتها،وقد شابتها بساطة أقرب للرتابة، وكذا بعض التناقدات في الأفكار ..

2.5 ربما يكون التقييم المناسبلها ، لكنه مخيب للأمل بالنسبة لعمل يقرأ في ما يفترض كونها فترة امتحانات ..

Anupama Sarkar
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
R.k. Narayan is famous for his Malgudi Days and I especially liked his Swami and Friends which was written in a very simple manner suitable for children book. But, after reading this novel, Narayan’s maturity in handling sensitive issues comes into picture. He is one of the most reliable writers, who can be expected to give a beautiful treatment to a common but seldom touched upon subject. Here, the theme is generation gap and Narayan in his own way, explore it humanely. Read more about it on ht ...more
Deepa Swaminathan
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: light-fiction
Secretly, Jagan’s mind was bothered as to why there was always an invisible barrier between him and his son. He had never been harsh to the boy. Yet, reading a sense into the boy’s actions was fatiguing, like the attempt to spell out a message in a half familiar script!

R.K. Narayan :

Every Indian is well acquainted with the portrayals of South Indian primitive village life by the great author R.K.Narayan, the creator of the fictional yet famous Malgudi.
His articles, fictional stories, retold e
سلمى Selma Mohaimeed
هذه الرواية أشهى من قطعة حلوى مصنوعة بمعايير جاجان عن الهوة بين الأب جاجان وابنه مالي والتي تاه جاجان بأسباب اتساعها دون أن ينتبه "مالي" لها .
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best classics EVER. It's rich with Indian culture and family traditions versus the modern man's world. Jagan, the 'vendor of sweets', is an old man running the business of making and selling sweets. He is a man devoted to Bhagavad Gita (an ancient Indian scripture 'song of God'), and is a keen follower and supporter of Mahatma Gandhi, which shaped his young adulthood life into a short prison term during the 40s Ghandi movement. Jagan has unconditional love for his son Mali, who eventu ...more
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you're an Indian, you can't have grown up without knowing R. K. Narayan. He's the man behind Malgudi - the place I like to think of as the universal village.
Seldom has a world been so self-contained as Malgudi is, and once you've come across it, you'll know at once that it's everywhere. Malgudi is every village in the world - the people, the mindset, the things you see, the perceptions of the world outside. For every story by Narayanan, you can draw a parallel to your own life, even in the t
Rishi Prakash
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another very well written story my the great man where he brings out the much seen and debated East-West conflict between two generations of an Indian family. It is the conflict between a genuine Indian or Eastern father and his Western-bred son. RK was way ahead of time when he highlighted this issue which we started hearing a lot much later.

Going abroad for studies is still a big thing in India so we can easily understand the enormity of the event in our Malgudi town! Every single letter
Khalid Almajed
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية بسيطة في المفردات وسهلة في فهم الأفكار وهي أول قراءة لي للروايات الهندية .. تدور أحداث الرواية بين الأب جاجان وابنه مالي

الراوية كتبت باللغة الإنجليزية وتم نشرها لأول مرة في أمريكا وبريطانياعام ١٩٦٧
الرواية في مقامها الأول تتحدث عن تربية الرفاهية أو كما نسميها بالعاميّة "الدلع" وكيف أن الأب يحاول تربية ابنه عن طريق تلبية جميع احتياجاته واغراقه بالمال. الأب يعارض بعض أفكار ابنه ويحاول مناقشته فيها لكن في نهاية الأمر يستسلم الأب أو يخشى ازعاج ابنه أحياناً ثم يعطي كل شيء لأبنه حتى انتهت هيبة و
طاهر الزهراني
رواية سلسلة، وظريفة، تتحدث عن صدمة الحضارة، وهي فكرة كانت متدوالة في الرواية قبل خمسين سنة، لاحظت انه هناك أخطاء في بناء الشخصيات إذ انه يبني شخصية ثم يهدم ما بناه بكلمة او جملة غير مقصودة، أيضا الفصل الثاني عشر من الرواية كان مجانيا، ولم يقدم شيئا للحدث العام بل أخرج القراء عن اجواء الرواية بمقدار 40 ص تقريبا، أما بالنسبة للترجمة لم تكن بذاك فقد خذلت المترجمة أمور منها اللغة ، في النهاية هي رواية ظريفة ومناسبة للأطفال أيضا ..
Shimaa srour
اثنان ونصف
اعتمد المؤلف على رسم المفارقه بين ما عاناه جاجان في صباه وشبابه من سطوة التقاليد الغير مفهومة بالنسبة اليه ومن العادات الباليه التي تطوق حياته وتقيد حريته
وبين محاولة فرض جاجان نفس التقاليد على ابنه مالي ولو حتى بصورة مختلفة
باختصار صراع بين جيلين
فقط حاول ان تستبدل العادات والتقاليد الهندية بالعادات والتقاليد الخاصه ببلدك ولن تلاحظ أي فرق
احببت كثيرا الاجزاء لخاصة باستعراض الحياة الاجتماعية والسياسيه في الهند
Mirang Shah
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Unlike other novels by RK Narayana , this novel wander on various matters due to which , I felt its loosing it's track & leading towards boredom , felt tough to go ahead ..
Still anyhow , I finished in longer time than a 180 page novel usualy takes .
Inshort , if you are a fan of RK Narayana , expecting his same mastery in storytelling with this one aswell , you might feel disappointed .
Raghda Elwakil
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign-novels
"جاجان" افرط في الاهتمام ورعاية وتدليل ابنه "مالي" بعد وفاة زوجته..
كمان يدير محل لبيع الحلويات ويستشير دائما "ابن العم" الشخصية المخادعة او الماكرة.. :D

حبيت اسلوب الرواية البسيط وطريقة وصف الكاتب للاحداث والشخصيات.. :)
اول تجربة لي مع الادب الهندي..
اعجبني.. ^^
Mar 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Everything was perfect, until the ending...
Jesus Flores
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
El vendedor de Dulces

This is book that started like another life story telling of a father-son relationship and at some point started wandered to no point at all, yet that part was more intriguing, and even with the open end, it feels rounded.

Also interesting that the most interesting part is a flashback in the previous to last chapter, of Jaqan remembering when he met his wife, the wedding, the initial marital life up to the point where their son Mali is born.

Now another thing was the connectio
Frederick Glaysher
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Vendor of Sweets. R. K. Narayan.

India’s Kali Yuga…. December 21, 2000

The novelist R. K. Narayan (1906-2001) was born into a Tamil-speaking, Brahmin family. For several years he attended Christian schools in Madras, where he was raised by his grandmother, a devout Hindu who taught him the traditional songs and prayers. His fiction often presents a persona who undergoes a crisis that drives him back in some way to a resolution suffused with an evocation of the Hindu past. Often portrayed as a
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To date, The Vendor of Sweets and Talkative Man have been the only full-length novels by Narayan that I've read. I've read several of his short stories, but can't seem to remember the name of the collection they appeared in.

The Vendor of Sweets was anyway the first Narayan work I've read, and it's left really fond memories, almost nostalgic for the village-town of Malgudi and its residents (ironic, considering Malgudi is a fictional place). Perhaps its because Narayan's characters, especially J
Fatma Masmoudi
رواية للكاتب الهندي الشهير ار كي نارايان تروي حكاية جاجان على شكل المراوحة بين تذكر تفاصيل الماضي و وبين الحاضر.
ينبش جاجان ذاكرته ليروي احداث انتمائه لجماعة غاندي ويتذكر كل ما تعلمه على يديه ثم كيف تزوج وانشغاله بالزواج عن الدراسة لينتقل لاهم حدث هو ولادة ابنه مالي ووفاة زوجته. أما في الحاضر فيذكر عقوق ابنه وكيف انه لم يكن كما كان يعول عليه.
الرواية في احداثها الظاهرة بسيطة للغاية ومكررة ولكنها في الاصل رواية فلسفية تطرح العديد من القضايا الاجتماعية.
أكثر ما أعجبني في الرواية هو سير الرواية بالتو
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The prose as usual plays a pivotal role in bringing the joy to the reader. This is the story about a sweet vendor Jagan, who finds it difficult to understand his son Mali. Mali has been depicted with a stone heart role and his meaning for living the life as it goes . just describes how self centered he is with every one. The author hasn't mentioned any where about the character's attitude directly, but that is the way the author has showed his diplomacy and left things to the readers to have the ...more
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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 the
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