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R. K. Narayan () witnessed nearly a century of change in his native The title character in The English Teacher, Narayan's most autobiographical. The English Teacher by R.K. Narayan Narayan's Best English teacher Krishna has recently married, but his wife and daughter live miles away. Krishna, an English teacher in the town of Malgudi, nagged by the feeling he's doing the wrong work, is nonetheless delighted by his domestic.
Krishna, an English teacher in the town of Malgudi, nagged by the feeling he's doing the wrong work, is nonetheless delighted by his domestic life, where his wife and young daughter wait for him outside the house every afternoon. Devastated by the death of his wife, Krishna comes to realise what he really wants to do, and makes a decision that will change his life forever. The atmosphere and texture of happiness, and, above all, its elusiveness, have seldom been so perfectly transcribed. Find your local bookstore at booksellers. Our Lists. Hi-Res Cover. The English Teacher By R.
Click here. The English Teacher Malgudi by R. Narayan ebook. Subjects Fiction Literature. Fiction Literature. Publication Details Publisher: More about R. The characters are so moving, the theme so modern and classy at the same time; the quirks of being an English teacher in an Indian college; the discussion on the education system; the true nature of being human; the uniqueness and the beauty of life seen in a child; the transparent love between a husband and a wife; the caring nature of parents; work and the salary system; the supernatural beliefs; the uniqueness of the other world - death and This is the most beautiful work of the author so far.
The characters are so moving, the theme so modern and classy at the same time; the quirks of being an English teacher in an Indian college; the discussion on the education system; the true nature of being human; the uniqueness and the beauty of life seen in a child; the transparent love between a husband and a wife; the caring nature of parents; work and the salary system; the supernatural beliefs; the uniqueness of the other world - death and being alive: You are missing something if you have not picked up this book yet.
A gem. Apr 04, Bina rated it really liked it. Despite living in this enclosed environment, he is married and has a young child. We see Krishna taking small steps, making preparations for his wife and child to join him and so setting off to find a good house, where they can be together as well as have a space away from each other.
Well, it was but it took a decidedly darker turn quite soon.
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Since these events can be found in summaries and even the goodreads description, I will not regard my thoughts here as spoilers. Nevertheless, if you truly wish to go into reading this novel blind, then please stop reading here!
The first chapters show us how Krishna deals with leaving his prolonged bachelor life in the hostel to become a family man.
Although this does not leave him any more time for writing poetry than his somewhat unsatisfying job, he reaches a stage of contented domesticity. It was such a shocking twist and I was not at all prepared for the heartbreak and felt for Krisha and his sudden grief. It is one continuous movement. They move away from us as we move away from them.
All struggle and misery in life is due to our attempt to arrest this law or get away from it or in allowing ourselves to be hurt by it. The fact must be recognized.
A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life. And as such the sudden turn the novel took towards the spiritual made me react with compassion rather than dissatisfaction or skepticism.
He also finds his place in caring for his daughter Leela and working in the nursery, learning from the way children interact with the world. Without making this the focus of the novel or taking a stance directly, Narayan does criticize the educational system colonialism has put into place: View 1 comment. Jul 18, ArZo rated it it was amazing Shelves: My beloved brother Shadman Hasan has suggested me about this precious book and posed that R.
Narayan will take me a different universe perhaps a private realm created by his touch of ink. After going through of the book I am acceding that contemplation regarding this book is quite approvable. This story is not about mere the intuition of an English lecturer from Albert Mission College named Krishna but the nectar of life he discovered through the candour of belief.
He longed to have a new start or might expect himself having a new personality as an author or poet. At that time a letter from his parental house turned around the circle of his past ten years. A instruction was provided there that he had to be ready to receive his wife and newborn child and set up his family with a view to ending his forlorn bachelor life.
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Though he was married and already have a baby, he was scrupled as he had no experience of running domestic life. Yet his wife, Susila with the baby had arrived accompanied by his father-in-law. In course to time they set their own world not a bit unlike king, queen and the little princess. Susila waited for Krishna at the afternoon but never recognized the sense perception of waiting.
Everything was going so perfect. But in an abrupt incident all the settlements of their universe was turned around. His beloved wife got Typhoid. Krishna fetched his every effort vehemently to cure her and found her smile again. But all lost in vain. Susila passed away perhaps the world created by them either. When she was placed on the pyres for funeral, burned and turned into ashes, He was wordless and quiet undecided to accept the reality. But present always echoes. Father and daughter tried to recollect the broken world again.
Krishna thrilled to rear his daughter and being very rigid to observe his duty of his daughter. Krishna destroyed the belongings of Susila, thinking he was destroying her memories. But he never found a relief to forget her for a single day. But one day a boy having a cluster of papers came to meet him at college. He became baffled after having the news from the boy. The boy accompanied him to a man and a pyol beside a Shrine by whose he got her beloved wife Susila back.
But how? To know you must read this illusive creation of author R. Personal Opinion: Initially I wanna say I am longing for a wife and a baby after reading this book. The materialistic Susila was visualized as character not for a long time in the story, yet her personality attracts me most both as a wife and a mother. Love is not a impulse to demonstrate. If it exists, it occupies. Susila never said that but presented. Besides one character readers may find interesting.
So he built a school without regulation but affection for children. Favourite Quotes: I swear that if anyone else, any other author would have crafted the story line similar to this book, I would have hated him.
Must have cursed him with all my heart and would also have made an attempt or two to leave the book midway. But no sir, not Mr. He won't let me do it. Every time my thoughts went awry he built a new wave of ideas to bring me back. The reader is coaxed and cajoled as much as the characters to keep going and take it all head on. A little bit too literally, I must s I swear that if anyone else, any other author would have crafted the story line similar to this book, I would have hated him.
A little bit too literally, I must say.
We are incorrigible morons if we look to Bhagats and like for inspiration when the master has already left him most precious gems behind.
What is left is to find them and admire them. I wasn't able to do anything more than that. Just stand by and see the master at work. The magic of Mr. Narayan lives and with it lives my love for the one who is for the masses. Jul 30, Laysee rated it really liked it. A gem of a book. Elegant prose. It tells the story of Krishnan's grief over the loss of his wife and his desperate attempts to commune with her beyond the grave.
On another level, it explores what gives meaning to work. Krishnan's lack lustre role as an English teacher is contrasted with the passionate commitment of the poor school master who runs a preschool for the neighborhood children. Teachers of literature would be able to identify with the exhilaration of seeking to enthuse students about A gem of a book. Teachers of literature would be able to identify with the exhilaration of seeking to enthuse students about great works of literature as well as the soul numbing throes of dissecting literary texts to prepare them for exams.
Through the travails of Krishnan, Narayan takes us on a quest for the things in life that truly matter. Narayan is an absolute favourite of mine and some of his works are undoubtedly masterpieces. The first part of this particular book is brilliant and extremely touching but the second part moves into very unexpected territory, leaving one a bit confused. Yet, if you are a Narayan fan, I would still go ahead and recommend this book to R.
Yet, if you are a Narayan fan, I would still go ahead and recommend this book to you. Dec 05, Anushree Rastogi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: An intensely spiritual book, the transition in the narrator's life from being a bachelor to moving on to a happy married life A particularly moving part of the story is the description of the day when his wife dies.
The way he seeks to find her presence in his surroundings.. This book is nothing short o An intensely spiritual book, the transition in the narrator's life from being a bachelor to moving on to a happy married life This book is nothing short of a masterpiece Dec 31, Mehwish Mughal rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reading R.
Narayan is like time-travelling to another dimension. Hypnotized and disconnected from reality. The English Teacher is no exception. It is a journey towards understanding life and death! Aug 20, Phil Barker rated it really liked it. I love the way Narayan writes so that you can hear the Indian voices.
Doesn't really matter what the story is, he gives you a glimpse into another world. Nov 29, Ronish Baxter rated it it was amazing. One of the best ever book that I have read in my entire life.
Real gem. Such a refined tone. It relates to the story of the main character of the story Krishnan's loss of his wife and his various attempts to communicate with her soul.
Through the sorrows of krishanan, Narayanan takes us to the many things related to life that mattes a lot. Feb 01, Surabhi Sharma rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the best stories by R. K Narayan. The story is completely unexpected and the suspense is thrilling. I like the second half of the book when the story took an unexpected turn and hook you to the seat. I heard a lot about this book and was very keen to read.
I absolutely loved it. Jun 21, Deepika Ramesh rated it it was amazing. Even before you begin to read my review, I must confess that I'm a die-hard fan of R. Narayan for his poignant stories bail me out of this mundane world effortlessly. While all the authors, whom I have acquainted through their books, help me escape reality, R.
Narayan makes it hard to go back to the real world after reading his books as readers like me suffer from the inability to comfort our souls that want to live in Malgudi and refuse to accept this sphere. Yes, so, please forgive me if y Even before you begin to read my review, I must confess that I'm a die-hard fan of R. Yes, so, please forgive me if you find me gushing here.
But I really can't help. I started reading R. Thanks to a lot of unexpected turns that my life took, I could buy a lot of time to read and I decided to rekindle my love for R. It was heartbreaking and after God-knows-when, tears rolled down my cheeks and landed on the book as I followed Krishna, the protagonist, who's an English teacher, as he suffered irreplaceable losses and struggled to make peace with his past.
Although many of my friends raved about this book, it didn't occur to me to google about it for after all it was R. So I read it with an open mind and was surprised when the second part of the book travelled to metaphysical and supernatural grounds.
I was certainly not shocked nor disappointed by the way the story de toured as I could closely follow Krishna in his search to gulf the abyss between the past and present.
The English Teacher - RK Narayan
And on top of all these, it was even more harrowing to learn that 'The English Teacher' is autobiographical. Narayan's books don't fail to touch its readers' souls and with 'The English Teacher', it goes a level deeper. When Krishna smiled, I smiled. When Krishna cried, I cried. When Krishna was engulfed by loneliness, I was lonely too. Finally when he understood 'The Law of Life', he made me appreciate the law as well.
And unlike R. Narayan's other books that leave the readers with a sense of happiness and satisfaction, 'The English Teacher' leaves the readers with a lump in their throats that doesn't go down for a few days after finishing reading and the readers can't help but mull over and make conscious efforts to disconnect themselves from the masterpiece.
Not that because it's morbid, tragic and touching. But because readers can find a 'Krishna' in themselves. Krishna's conundrums, losses, searches are strikingly ours too. Here are a couple of my favourite quotes from the book: The house seemed unbearably dull. But I bore it. We come together only to go apart again.
The law of life can't be avoided. The law comes into operation the moment we detach ourselves from our mother's womb. All else is false. My mother got away from her parents, my sisters from our house, I and my brother away from each other, my wife was torn away from me, my daughter is going away with my mother, my father has gone away from his father, my earliest friends - where are they? They scatter apart like the droplets of a waterspray. The law of life. No sense in battling against it Jun 26, Pushpa rated it it was amazing.
An intensely spiritual book. And an intensely human book. It has the whole myriad of experiences a normal person would have in his life. You smile along during the happy days of the couple, you get this sinking feeling when the wife falls ill, gets worse day by day.
You celebrate when she shows signs of improvement. You feel the husband's utter despair when he loses his wife.
The English Teacher by R.K. Narayan
You need not believe the metaphysical part in the book. Even so, you sure will appreciate what is being communicated in t An intensely spiritual book. Even so, you sure will appreciate what is being communicated in this part of the novel. This line hit me hard: One has to face fears, failures, successes, happiness all by themselves.
No one can experience them for you. A must read book in my reckoning. Jan 24, Priyanka rated it really liked it Shelves: I found 'English Teacher' quite different from R. Narayan's other works. It may be because this one is more serious and deals with the spiritual side.
It is a poignant narration of how the loss of a loved one for Krishna, the protagonist or from constantly waiting for death to deciding to live life more fully for the schoolmaster changes the course of life. Dec 15, Suhasini Srihari rated it really liked it. A nice read! Found the 'platonic love' between Krishna and Sushila more inspiring and the later 'spiritual love' more ecstatic! If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.
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