Reviews

  • Narayan wakes in me a spring of gratitude, for he has offered me a second home. Without him I could never have known what it is like to be Indian

    Graham Greene
  • Narayan’s humour and compassion come from a deep universal well, with the result that he has transformed his imaginary township of Malgudi into a bubbling parish of the world

    Observer
  • In his humour and compassion, Narayan comes close to being a twentieth-century Indian Chekhov

    Sunday Telegraph
  • RK Narayan's Malgudi novels are humorous gems and it is a great pity that they are not better known. He wrote beautifully and with great compassion, something regrettably lacking in some humorous writing

    Alexander McCall Smith
  • An idyll as delicious as anything I have met in modern literature for a long time. The atmosphere and texture of happiness, and, above all, its elusiveness, have seldom been so perfectly transcribed.

    Elizabeth Bowen

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