A venerable tiger, old and toothless now, looks back over his life from cubhood and early days roaming wild in the Indian jungle. Narayan — , born and educated in India, was the author of 14 novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene who became a close friend , was often compared… More about R. A Tiger for Malgudi By R. Narayan By R.
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K A venerable tiger, old and toothless now, looks back over his life from cubhood and early days roaming wild in the Indian jungle. Narayan's story combines Hindu mysticism with ripe Malgudi comedy, viewing human absurdities through the eyes of a wild animal and revealing how, quite unexpectedly, Raja finds sweet companionship and peace. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published October 1st by Penguin Classics first published August 4th More Details Original Title. Raja, the tiger , Captain.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Tiger for Malgudi. Jan 13, Petra-X rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , reviewed , read , reviews , star-books. There is a tiger underneath the desk.
The headmaster and the deputy are going to call in a sharpshooter when in walks a sadhu, a mostly-naked, Indian holy man. They say, "Who are you? That he's been trying all his life to find out who he really is. A most unusual story.
Hinduism, philosophy, a wife who wants to be nothing more than a wife and a husband who wants to exist on the spiritual plane only. And the tiger, the talking tiger he charms from under There is a tiger underneath the desk. And the tiger, the talking tiger he charms from under the desk in to a new life in the wild for both of them. But then the holy man feels he will become entirely a spiritual entity, will die soon, and makes arrangements for the toothless old tiger to be looked after in a kindly zoo.
He tells the tiger that the rule of life is separation, first from the womb and last from life. That is what life is all about and he leaves.
It is a wonderful story. The writing is impeccable, nothing could be improved. A very enjoyable read from an absolute master of language, plot and characterisation always with humour and always with depth, but with a light touch that belies that profundity of meaning.
View 2 comments. Another brilliant piece by R. The plot is quite different from his usual more acclaimed works. But what sets this novel apart is the sensitivity with which he deals with different aspects of the society through the eyes of a tiger. Brilliant read. Oct 15, Deepika Ramesh rated it it was amazing.
Just when I was whimpering about my inability to read more books this year, something pushed me to start reading 'A Tiger for Malgudi', which I bought in last year's annual book exhibition.
After almost a year of hibernation in my wardrobe, the tiger Raja chose to befriend me. Narayan and who wouldn't like the poignant stories of 'Malgudi Days'. Narayan and I must say that he didn't cheat me. He has now made me Just when I was whimpering about my inability to read more books this year, something pushed me to start reading 'A Tiger for Malgudi', which I bought in last year's annual book exhibition.
He has now made me ask for more of him. The ecstasy and the big-sigh moment that I experienced while reading 'Malgudi Days', grew upon me when I read 'A Tiger for Malgudi' too. I love animals and philosophy and this book gave me the pleasure of learning more about both in around pages.
One might think that I have overrated this book. But I couldn't give anything less than five for this marvellous tale that was gripping and insightful at the same time. And you have to forgive me, because at the end of the day, I'm an animal lover. Any book that's got animal in it and if it's a touching and beautiful story, it will certainly be given high rating by me.
It's a word of caution to you! Even if you aren't an animal lover, give it a shot for this has so much philosophy to offer.
Lose yourself in the thought-provoking dialogues that are written in the simplest form, which, in my opinion, can only be penned by R. On a rainy day, I finished reading this book at work. And on the same day I realised that this book did some inexplicable magic to the soul and mind!
It could have been the rain that played with the mind! But I think it was just the word of R. Narayan that piqued my emotions and made me feel better.
And finally, I'm even more thankful to the book for I was suffering from readers' block for around six months and 'A Tiger for Malgudi' came as the best cure.
I closed the book and I found it hard to realise that I don't live along with Raja and the Master in the woods. I have a life that I have to carry on and there is a wicked world that needs my existence. I refuse to claim a piece of my heart that I left with Raja and the Master! The book has myriad of brilliant dialogues. But I would love to quote this one, which represents my mindset too. Man assumes he is all-important, that all else in creation exists only for his sport, amusement, comfort, or nourishment.
View all 6 comments. May 18, Gorab Jain rated it it was ok Shelves: indian , buddy-reads , z One of the weakest works of Narayan, and still enjoyable. Why weak? At parts funny and interesting. Still enjoyable : Overall: Avoid. Not up to the mark and nowhere com One of the weakest works of Narayan, and still enjoyable. Not up to the mark and nowhere comparable to his other works.
Typical R. Story told from the perspective of the tiger, so that is new. Worth your time. Oct 07, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: animals , fiction , indian-literature , fantasy , read , fictionth-century , audio-books.
Now the companion of a Sadu, an ageing tiger looks back on his life. A rich evocation of Indian life in the s, this comic narrative views human absurdities through the eyes of a wild animal. Directed by Lu Kemp. View all 5 comments.
A Tiger for Malgudi
The following is from R. The hero and narrator of the tale is Raja, a magnificent tiger, eleven feet from head to tail. Lured into captivity, he becomes a circus performer and film star before inadvertently gaining a reputation as a man-eater. But then he meets a holy man and teacher known only as the Master, and in the following passage escapes with him from the circus to go on a final journey into the wilderness. Copyright e by R. Narayan to be published by Viking Press in August, Crowds which would normally be noisy and jostle looked intimidated by the spectacle, which made my Master remark, "What our country needs most is a tiger for every village and town to keep people disciplined.
R. K. Narayan’s ‘A Tiger for Malgudi’
A Tiger for Malgudi is a novel by R. Narayan told by a tiger in the first person. Deeply moving is the attachment of the tiger to the monk and the monk's care for the tiger. Narayan consulted with noted tiger expert K. Ullas Karanth on the writing of this novel. Narayan used the myth of Buddha's enlightenment in this particular novel. The tiger recounts his story of capture by a [circus] owner, but he never tried to escape.
Now it is my regret that R. Narayan was not my favourite author once. But recently I have read almost all the books he wrote. In , a special book came my way and it influenced me much. The first Indian edition also came out in Later on, it was reissued in and I read the edition, which had a beautiful colour cover picture by R.