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(01/04/2008) A Tiger For Malgudi by R. K. Narayan. New York. 1983. Viking Press. keywords: Literature India. 176 pages. Jacket design by Carol Lowenstein. Jacket illustration courtesy of The Granger Collection. 0670712604. August 1983.

Explore the philosophical side of tigers with the help of R. K. Narayan.

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   Raja, the hero and narrator of this wise and humorous novel, is a magnificent specimen - eleven feet from tip to tail, and the terror of Malgudi. He leads a carefree, if predatory, jungle life until he is lured into captivity by his own greed. His subsequent career as a circus performer and film star, which ends when he inadvertently gains the reputation of a man-eater, provides ample opportunity to observe the strange behavior of the bipeds around him. But nothing in his experience of humans has prepared him for his meeting with a holy man known only as the Master, a man whose authority is based on a profound understanding of the natural and spiritual world rather than on brute force. Raja becomes his unlikely disciple, and what seemed to be a simple tale becomes a novel of surprising depth and humanity. R. K. Narayan's skillful blend of observation, philosophy, and humor will come as no surprise to readers already familiar with the works of this master storyteller, whom John Updike has called 'the foremost Indian writer of fiction in English.'

R. K. NARAYAN was born in Madras, India, in 1906. Among his many books are twelve volumes of fiction set in and around the imaginary South Indian city of Malgudi, most recently MALGUDI DAYS In 1981 Mr. Narayan was made an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

 

 

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