The Painter of Signs (Paperback)

Author: Narayan, R. K.

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*Author: Narayan, R. K./ Ali, Monica (INT) *Publication Date: 2006/08/29 *Number of Pages: 153 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.00


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780143039662
SKU 202529633
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0143039660
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 7H x 5L x 0.5T
Author Info
R.K. Narayan
Born Rasipuram Krishnaswami Ayyar Narayanaswami, Narayan was raised in a well-off middle-class family in Mysore, the inspiration for the fictional city of Malgudi, where much of his fiction is set. His father was the headmaster of a Western-style school, and Narayan grew up reading English newspapers and magazines. He received a B.A. from Maharaja's College in 1930, and was married in 1933; his adored wife, Rajam (with whom he had one daughter, Hema), died suddenly in 1939, an event Narayan never got over. Narayan began as a journalist but soon began writing fiction; his first novel was published in 1935 after a friend in England showed it to Graham Greene, who found Narayan a publisher (and suggested he shorten his name). Somerset Maugham was also an early admirer. Increasingly well known and successful as a writer--and always writing in English--Narayan traveled to the U.S. in 1956 on a Rockefeller Foundation grant (and wrote a travel book about the experience). In 1985, he was appointed to a seat in the Indian Parliament for his cultural contributions to the country. A writer of often-comic realistic fiction about "little people" who mess up their lives, Narayan infused his work with the idea that what really matters is spiritual striving, not worldly success.
"Without dense insistence, without trading on the exotic or doggedly making anthropological points Narayan observes a deeply traditional society gradually becoming aware of change, of the flux of modern Western notions. It is a world as richly human and volatile as that of Dickens, but never caricatured; and--unlike E. M. Forster's India--it is seen from the inside, though by a writer whose ironical detachment has no coldness."
"Narayan's sympathy and humor are free of the least sentimentality, and his ironic awareness of the contradictions and absurdities of his characters, far from reducing them, gives them dignity, size, and urgent humanity....So poised, so balanced a writer is Narayan, his sympathy and amusement so large, that even God's design for an overpopulated India seems defensible."
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Annotation An Indian bachelor, who believes idealistically in his independence and happiness, finds himself not merely in love with one of his clients in his signboard painting business, but also questioning his traditional values and mores because he has fallen for a woman who is on a crusade for national birth control.
Editors Note For Raman the sign painter, life is a familiar and satisfying routine. A man of simple, rational ways, he lives with his pious aunt and prides himself on his creative work. But all that changes when he meets Daisy, a thrillingly independent young woman who wishes to bring birth control to the area. Hired to create signs for her clinics, Raman finds himself smitten by a love he cannot understand, much less avoidÂ?and soon realizes that life isnÂ't so routine anymore. Set in R. K. NarayanÂ's fictional city of Malgudi, The Painter of Signs is a wry, bittersweet treasure.
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