The Writerly Life

The Writerly Life

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When R.K. Narayan Passed Away Last Year At The Age Of Ninety-Four, Tributes Poured In From Fans And Admirers, Celebrating The Art Of This Master Storyteller Who Has Often Been Described As India'S Greatest English Language Writer. Narayan Is Better Known For His Novels Set In The Fictional South Indian Town Of Malgudi, But His Essays Are As Delightful And Enchanting As Any Of His Novels. This Collection Begins With The Short Essays Which Narayan Wrote As A Weekly Contribution To The Hindu, The Subjects Of Which Are As Diverse As Umbrellas, Weddings, Monkeys, South Indian Coffee, Films, The Black Market, Old Age, The Caste System, Gardening And Vayudoot. The Later, Longer Essays Dwell On The Cultural Ambiguities That Persist In Our Nation: Narayan S Description Of The Linguistic Confusion Between The North And The South With The Advent Of National Television Is Reminiscent Of The Misunderstood Messages In His Famous Story 'A Horse And Two Goats'. The Highlight Of This Section Is A Scathingly Funny Essay On The Making Of The Film The Guide, A Project That Distorted Narayan S Narrative Beyond Recognition. In A Separate Section On The World Of The Writer, Narayan Describes The Predicament Of Writing In English In India, An Art Which He Pioneered, And The Pitfalls Of Being Considered For The Nobel Prize In Literature Which He Never Got. This Volume Also Includes The Complete Text Of My Dateless Diary, Narayan S Jottings About His Travels In America When He Was In The Process Of Writing The Guide. As He Journeys Across The Vast Continent On A Diet Of Rice And Yoghurt And Without The Aid Of An Alarm Clock, Narayan Recounts A Myriad Memorable Moments, From His Encounter With The Mysterious Greta Garbo To The Evening Gathering Where He Is Hailed As One Of The Three Greatest Living Authors In The World. Taken Together, These Writings Provide A Fascinating Glimpse Into The Private World Of One Of The Most Gifted Writers Of Our Time, And Reveal The Ways In Which Narayan Was Able To Convert The Small And Ordinary Things Of Everyday Life Into Memorable Literary Anecdotes.This introductory note is taken from R.K. Narayana#39;s 1988 collection of essays, A Writera#39;s Nightmare. ... The poor man suffered this bewilderment throughout his career. When I began to write for a living later, I realized that definitions of the essay were neither numerous (as our teacher ... were only two kinds of essaysa€”- the personal and the impersonal or, in other words, the subjective and the objective.

Title:The Writerly Life
Author:R.K. Narayan
Publisher:Penguin Books India - 2001


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