It was none other than Graham Greene who introduced Narayan to the world by finding a publisher for his first four novels. I loathe to imagine that if such a story is published by some author in the current date, it will not be taken well. But it seems credible enough as the portrait is faithfully drawn of Chandran, barely out of college and into adulthood who seems to make absurd choices in matters that require a deeper deliberation and strategy. Chandran symbolizes the new generation of the time, who with their growing consciousness, have started to feel disenchanted by the smallness of their world and want to break free. But this somehow proved to be the only answer which would make him the person he was supposed to be. Books have been a source of knowledge for many centuries. When Max and Constance's prickly verbal battles flare into hotly sexual encounters, both seize the chance to do behind the scenes or beneath the covers scouting for their respective parties, even as they wonder what falling in love with the enemy will do to their careers.
Peculiar element of this story is the drench of experience which is simple and ordinary, yet a subtle novelty will strike you. The classroom or the club or the office created friendships. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 30 novels and hundreds of short stories. Eventually that's what turns him back, when he realises he cannot go the whole way into being an ascetic. Max Ensor is a politician whose outmoded attitudes outrage hereven as his powerful presence intrigues her. His misplaced anger, and apparent perception of futility of all his acts convince him to run away from everything and find the truth meaning of life, through scrounging about aimlessly, posing as an ascetic. Without him I could never have known what it is like to be Indian.
What did it take to turn that carefree young man into a mature adult? This is until suddenly, the realisation hits him that it's he who has now been deceiving people and taking advantage of their beliefs. Heartbroken, Chandran leaves his home and parents, deciding that the worldly pleasures are no longer for him. Dont just suddenly put your pen down, throw your arms up in the air and say 'finished'. K Narayan that readers get hooked up to know the deeper treasure of fictitious tale by him. He takes up a challenging job as a publishing agent and agrees to marry again, much to his parents delight.
Writing a paper on a specific topic usually requires a lot of research to give your report credibility. As a child, I was not impressed watching them. Quotations distinguish your opinion from the point of view of the authors, provide credibility to your review, and avoid plagiarism. Is this happening to me?!! It may be because it takes place in 1906, which is is a few decades later than the periods I enjoy the most. Want to know more about your favorite book or author? Narayan, like the languid grace of late summer afternoons.
Chandran is a regular guy with regular thoughts and regular problems. You plan to not get drunk, but when drinks are splayed everywhere… ; you don't want to cry, but when you haven't spoken to friends or family in weeks… There are many reasons to treat it all as pure entertainment to ridicule at will. He realises that he has to take up some responsibilities and chalks out a career, until he really falls in love with a girl and gets married. The Dark Room is a searching look at a difficult marriage and a woman who eventually rebels against the demands of being a good and obedient wife. His yearnings for her lead to the most dramatic adventure of his youth, as he impulsively but bravely decides to reject the world when he is unable to have her as his wife. In a quick leap the narrative moves to the prime theme of Chandran instantly falling in love with a nameless girl whom he has not met or even exchanged a word with.
If you read it just as a story, there isn't much happening. I thought of starting with The Bachelor of Arts and complete every book of R K Narayan in chronological order before I go there. I pour very generous glasses of red wine and we settle in for multiple hours of The Bachelor — or The Bachelorette, or Bachelor in Paradise or, most recently, The Bachelor Winter Games. It would be useful, however, to know that these three novels are R. Of all, Narayan is a master of climaxes.
Narayan through Chandran says People pretended that they are friends, but the fact is they are brought together by forces of circumstances. You can count the number of Bachelor couples who are still together on one hand. Chandran himself was a boy who didn't seem too different from a boy I used to be in college. But for select few, including me, this book is a rare jewel and in the years to come, we will hold it close to our hearts. Experiences that have a role to play in the becoming of an adult, is what this book is all about.
The target audience is very small for this book. In the mundane affairs of every aspiring youth- rebellious streak, passion for things and thoughts of idealism keep us in the longing wait for future, desires and wants, which may not be necessarily so material in nature. What should have been my second innings had become no innings. Through the Personals services of her popular newspaper, The Mayfair Lady, Constance connects lonely hearts. Narayan, The Bachelor of Arts. Such was the change that came over him that whatever he did afterwards was with renewed zeal and progress.
Although the ordinary tensions of maturing are heightened by the particular circumstances of pre-partition India, Narayan provides a universal vision of childhood, early love and grief. His other novels included The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher, The Guide, The Financial Expert, The Man Eater of Malgudi, The Vendor of Sweets, and The World of Nagaraj. The story writes about small day-to-day activities and thoughts behind them, which I myself have been through. But with this constraint, The Bachelor of Arts still gets us grooved into the climax, makes us loose the sense of less weight on right hand and gets you completely unaware. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Art History and a Masters in Speech-language Pathology from the University of Michigan.