Swami and Friends Paperback – Oct 1994
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American readers who are not familiar with cricket have nothing to fear about the frequent references to it in the book - it's sufficient to know that cricket is a sport which was (and is) hugely popular in India - an added irony as its was adopted after the British brought it with them. However, it may help to know that Swami's nickname of "Tate" is after the famous England international cricketer, Maurice Tate (1895-1956), who was particularly famous in the 1920s and 1930s.
The book is generally well-written, but I found problems with the author's style. Swami's views of the world and the way he expresses himself are not consistently convincing - at times it reads more like the auther stating his own mature views rather than those that would be expressed by a ten year old boy. And, churlish though it may be, I couln't help a small laugh at a line like:
"The teacher came in and stood aghast. He could do little more than look on and ejaculate."
Though this probably says more about the state of my mind and sense of humor than about Narayan's writing.
"Swami and Friends" has a great deal of appeal, but many faults too. However, one must take into account that it was a first novel, and it certainly hasn't put me off reading more of Narayan.
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this book based on my memory of the wonderful Indian series "Swami". while the stories from the series are not part of the book, I found the book to be... Read morePublished on June 29 2001
This book was excellent! I was totally able to relate to little Swami and his various experiences at home, school and with his friends. R.K. Read morePublished on June 25 1999