By R. K. Narayan
A venerable tiger, outdated and toothless now, appears again over his lifestyles from cubhood and early days roaming wild within the Indian jungle. Trapped right into a depressing circus profession as 'Raja the magnificent', he's then offered into movies (co-starring with a beefy Tarzan in a leopard dermis) till, discovering the human global too brutish and bewildering, he makes a dramatic bid for freedom.
R.K. Narayan's tale combines Hindu mysticism with ripe Malgudi comedy, viewing human absurdities throughout the eyes of a wild animal and revealing how, really abruptly, Raja unearths candy companionship and peace.
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But at twelve, you must have been aware-Political events couldn't ever have existed for me at that age . What shooting could compare with discovering for myself that my mother had another man ? -What does Oedipus do about two rivals ? I lay on her in daydreams at school, and when she was serving dinner I stared at her dress where her legs divided-how awful ? (she could hear in his voice the mimicry of the shocked face he imagined he could see on her in the dark}- I was mad about her ; now I could be, with someone other than my father there already.
In the dark and half-dark each was a creature camouflaged by suburban vegetation. -Lionel found out they'd been shot in the back . I asked my mother and she explained . . but I didn't understand what it meant, the difference if you were hit in the back or chest. Someone we knew well, Sipho Mokoena-he was there when it happened and he came straight to us, my father was called from his consulting rooms -S ipho wasn't hurt, his trouser-leg was ripped by a bullet. ) a bullet went right through you and there would be two holes .
Her eyes were closed against the falling hair. -If Lionel and my mother . . if the concepts of our life, our relationships, we children accepted from them were those of Marx and Lenin, they'd already become natural and personal by the time they reached me. D'you see ? It was all on the same level at which you-I -children learn to eat with a knife and fork, go to church if their parents do, use the form s of address by which the parents' attitudes-respect, dis approval, envy, whatever-towards people are expressed.