THE GRANDMOTHER'S TALE by R.K. Narayan

THE GRANDMOTHER'S TALE

And Selected Stories
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 This grouping of stories, most of which were published previously, confirms Indian novelist and short-story writer Narayan (Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories, 1985, etc.) as a writer who views narrative as an infinitely superior form of intelligence to mere reason. Says the Talkative Man, the narrator of a story called ``Judge,'' to his dubious audience: ``You demand an explanation! Do you? You won't get it. I will only quote my friend Falstaff in Shakespeare's play. He was asked to explain how or why of certain episodes. His reply was a No sir. `If reasons were as plentiful as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion'!'' Narayan, a Talkative Man himself, writes out of a love of the sound of human voices trying to make sense of the world.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-670-85220-1
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1994