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