Book 53: The Bachelor of Arts by R. K. Narayan

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The Bachelor of Arts by R. K. Narayan

Finished reading June 23, 2013

Rating 7/10

This rather short piece is about Chandran, a history major whom we first meet being asked to be the Prime Mover in a debate ” The Historians should be slaughtered first”. So already the beginning of this novel is catchy.

It continues with Chandran’s life in and out of the university, for example establishing a History Association, trying to get a marriage arranged between himself and a girl he sees and follows on a beach, his depression when their horoscopes don’t match and hence they cannot marry…. And all this followed by months of him being a sanyasi, someone who renounces worldly and materialistic pursuits.

After around 9 months he returns home to his worried parents and has to decide what to do next – to go to England maybe…? or take up a venture into a newspaper venture? And all this while his mother is giving arranging a marriage for him another try.

It was a rather good read, it could just have been a lot longer…

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