By R. K. Narayan
A venerable tiger, outdated and toothless now, appears again over his existence from cubhood and early days roaming wild within the Indian jungle. Trapped right into a depressing circus occupation as 'Raja the magnificent', he's then offered into motion pictures (co-starring with a beefy Tarzan in a leopard epidermis) 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 in the course of the eyes of a wild animal and revealing how, fairly abruptly, Raja reveals candy companionship and peace.
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WONG comes s taggerin g out of the barber's sh op pur s ued b y MR. SHU FU, the barber� a fat man carryin g a heavy curling iron . SHU FU : Get out, I s aid ! Pestering my customers with your slimy old water! Get out! Take your cup ! He holds out the c u p. WONG reaches out for it . M R . S H U FU s tr i kes his hand with the c u rlin g iron, which is h o t . WONG h o w ls . SHU FU : You had it coming, my m a n ! 65 66 I Bertolt Brecht Puffing, he returns to his shop. The UNEMP LOYED MAN picks up the cup and gives it to WONG.
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A Tiger for Malgudi (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by R. K. Narayan