Classic Tales for Children
(A book in the Malgudi series)
A collection of stories by R K Narayan
This brilliantly evocative and delightfully funny account of the growing up years includes a slightly abridged version of Narayan's celebrated novel 'Swami and Friends' and two other short stories featuring Swami.'It was Monday morning. Swaminathan was reluctant to open his eyes. He shuddered at the very thought of school. .' Thus begins R K Narayan's classic chronicle of the adventures of a boy named Swami, and his friends Rajam and Mani, in a sleepy and picturesque south Indian town called Malgudi. Swami's days are full of action-when he is not creating a ruckus in the classroom or preparing in his inimitable way for exams, he's trying to acquire a hoop from the coachman's son to run down the Malgudi streets, playing tricks on his grandmother, or stoning the school windows, inspired by a swadeshi demonstration. But the greatest feat of Swami and his friends lies in putting together a cricket team for the 'MCC' (the Malgudi Cricket Club) and challenging the neighboring Young Men's Union to a match. Just before the match, however, things go horribly, horribly wrong, and Swami has no option but to run away from home, wanting never to return to Malgudi again . . .'Malgudi's Schooldays' is a slightly abridged version of Narayan's celebrated novel 'Swami and Friends', and includes two other short stories featuring Swami. It is a brilliantly evocative and delightfully funny account of the growing-up years from one of the greatest English language writers of our time.
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Used availability for R K Narayan's Malgudi Adventures
January 2003 : UK Paperback