THE ENGLISH TEACHER by R K NARAYAN | Book Review



Book Name: The English Teacher

Author: R K Narayan

Publisher: Indian Thought Publications

Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism


Summary:

This story is about a person named Krishna, who is an English Teacher at the Albert Mission College. Krishna is married, and his wife and daughter live some distance away, with his parents-in-law.
After some discussions, with his parents and parents-in-law, he decides to live with his wife and child, and rents a house. Here, Krishna learns to be a proper husband, and takes the responsibility of his family. While in the course of staying in the rented house, they plan to move to a new house of their own. So, they go in search of finding one.
In this course of action, his wife Susila contracts Typhoid, because of which she becomes bed-ridden for weeks, and later passes away. 
The later part of the story shows how Krishna comes to terms with her death, and about his relationship with his daughter.

My Review:

There are a few lines in the book which I completely admire, quoted below:

Wife, child, brothers, parents, friends.... We come together only to go apart again. It is one continuous movement. They move away from us as we move away from them. The law of life can't be avoided. The law comes into operation the moment we detach ourselves from our mother's womb. All struggle and misery in life is due to our attempt to arrest this law or get away from it or in allowing ourselves to be hurt by it. The fact must be recognised. A profound unmitigated loneliness is the only truth of life. All else is false.

These lines are such a pure bliss to read.
This is such a sad fact of life, but we need to come to terms with it. If not, we just get hurt in the process. Everybody, at some point of time or other, might have lost a loved one, either through separation, or death. This book explains a great concept of how to deal with it. 
Especially, I liked the bits of magical realism which the author has used in the later part of the book.
The Writing Style is amazing, and it's a very light read.

Final Verdict: 

I cannot give the book anything less than 5 stars for the lines quoted above, and the writing style of the author.

Rating: 5🌟

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