Waiting For The Mahatma

Narayan, R. K.

Published by Michigan State University Press, 1955
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Title: Waiting For The Mahatma

Publisher: Michigan State University Press

Publication Date: 1955

Binding: hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition.

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East Lansing. 1955. Michigan State University Press. 1st American Edition. Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front,Otherwise Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With Some Small Pieces Missing. 241 pages. hardcover. Jacket photograph courtesy of INFORMATION SERVICE OF INDIA. keywords: Literature India. inventory # 12564. FROM THE PUBLISHER - It was, perhaps, inevitable that sooner or later some writer would take the last five years of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and use them as the background for a novel. What is appropriate, however, is that India’s most distinguished novelist, R. K. Narayan, should be that writer. WAITING FOR THE MAHATMA is the story of two of Gandhi’s young disciples, who fall in love but are forbidden by the Mahatma to marry in haste. The story starts out in Mr. Narayan’s beloved, make-believe town of Malgudi, South India. Here a young man, who has recently come into his inheritance, catches sight of a beautiful and fragile young lady collecting contributions to support the Mahatma’s work. The young man falls in love, in the time-honored manner, ‘at first sight.’ In the beginning it is his fascination with the young lady, rather than his belief in Gandhi’s works, which draws him into the circle of Gandhi’s followers. But gradually, through the purity of his love, he finds not only the satisfaction of being near his adored, but also the spiritual fulfillment of working with the Mahatma towards freedom for India. Finally, after many years, with freedom won, the Mahatma gives his consent to the marriage of the two young people. No sooner has this happened, than Gandhi, one tragic evening, goes out to prayers and is assassinated. It is doubtful if the Mahatma and all he stood for has ever been so clearly interpreted to the Western world as in this novel. This work will appeal not only to those who believe in the novel as an art form, but also to those interested in the life and times of one of the greatest men ever produced by India. Mr. Narayan’s previous novels-THE FINANCIAL EXPERT, GRATEFUL TO LIFE AND DEATH, SWAMI AND FRIENDS and THE BACHELOR OF ARTS-were accorded critical acclaim throughout the nation’s press. There is no doubt that Mr. Narayan ranks as one of the greatest living writers in his field. . Previous Owner's Name Penned In Front,Otherwise Very Good In Worn Dustjacket With Some Small Pieces Missing. Bookseller Inventory # 12564

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