Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories, Paperback Book

Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

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An enchanting collection from India's foremost storyteller, rich in wry, warmly observed characters from every walk of Indian life - merchants, beggars, herdsmen, rogues - all of whose lives are microcosms of the human experience Like Nambi in the title story, Narayan has the mesmeric ability to spellbind his audience.

This he achieves with a masterful combination of economy and rhythm, creating haunting images and a variety of settings to evoke a unique paradox of reality and folklore.




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I found this collection of short stories set in India really refreshing. Though most of them are set in the past (half of the XX century, I understand), they could take place at this very moment or any time. And as they focus on human behaviour and relationships, they are really universal. They explore the weakest parts of human beings in a humorous way. It is a perfect reading if you are travelling in India.

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