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by R. K. Narayan


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The Financial Expert is a 1952 novel by R. K. Narayan. It takes place, as do many other novels and short stories by this author, in the town of Malgudi

The Financial Expert is a 1952 novel by R. It takes place, as do many other novels and short stories by this author, in the town of Malgudi. The central character in this book is the financial expert Margayya, who offers advice to his fellow townspeople from under his position at the banyan tree. He is a man of many aspirations and this novel delves into some level of psychological analysis. The Financial Expert tells the story of the rise and fall of Margayya.

The Financial Expert book. In The Financial Expert, R. Narayan once again transports readers to the southern Indian town of Malgudi. This story centers around the life and pursuits of Margayya, a man of many hopes but few resources, who spends his time under the banyan tree offering expert financial advice to those willing to pay for his knowledge. Margayya's rags-to-riches story brings forth the In The Financial Expert, R.

Although the narrator of The Financial Expert seems to give us limited insight to some of the more minor characters, his (or her) descriptions of the inner thoughts of Margayya are potent and give us a full and rounded portrait.

In The Financial Expert, R. It is through this book that I began my love affair with Mr. Narayan's writing. His characters are wry and ironic and clear. One is transported and thoroughly engaged. This story centers around the life and pursuits of Margayya.

In The Financial Expert, a man of many hopes but few resources spends his time under a banyan tree dispensing . Narayan (1906-2001) is unusual among Indian authors writing in English in that he has stayed contentedly in his home country, venturing abroad only rarely.

In The Financial Expert, a man of many hopes but few resources spends his time under a banyan tree dispensing financial advice to those willing to pay for his knowledge. In Waiting for the Mahatma, a young drifter meets the most beautiful girl he has ever seen–an adherent of Mahatma Gandhi–and commits himself to Gandhi’s Quit India campaign, a decision that will test the integrity of his ideals against the strength of his passions. He rarely addresses political issues or tries to explore the cutting edge of fiction.

At 272 pages, the book is not too large, not too expensive.

At 272 pages, the book is not too large, not too expensive, and quite a delightful read! The book begins by introducing the reader to Margayya, the protagonist of the story.

The following version of this book was used to create this study guide: Narayan, . The Financial Expert. Everyman's Library, . Narayan: Mr Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma. Everyman's Library, 2006. The Financial Expert was originally published in 1952. In The Financial Expert, Narayan tells the story of a man named Margayya as he develops from a small-time moneylender into the wealthiest member of the village of Malgudi, only to lose it all at the end of the novel. The novel is divided into five parts.

The Financial Expert is a 1952 novel by R. Narayan The central character in this book is the financial expert Margayya, who offers advice to his fellow townspeople from under his position at the banyan tree

The Financial Expert is a 1952 novel by R. Narayan once again transports readers to the southern Indian town of Malgudi

In The Financial Expert, R. Margayya's rags-to-riches story brings forth the rich imagery of Indian life with the absorbing details and vivid storytelling that are Narayan's trademarks.

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thrust
The Financial Expert By R. K. Narayan.

Set in the mythical town of Malgudi, The Financial Expert is a cautionary tale about the evils of the love of money. Margayva, the protagonist of this tale, is a self-made man who has a knack for taking advantage of the poor rustic souls in his community. He lends easily but not freely, wheedling his neighbors out of their assets. He is entirely unsympathetic as a boorish and petty man, so completely concerned with "status" and appearances that he develops little else. He dotes on his piggish, stroppy son, with predictable results. He is evil to his brother and sister-in-law who live as strangers next door. He is so consumed with acquisition of money that he cannot for a moment enjoy its benefits, either by spending it, or by giving it away. Ultimately, when a Ponzi scheme he has developed fails, he is reduced to his humble origins.

But for the wonderful, illuminating descriptions of the teeming life in that part of world, and, I suspect, clear insight into the small minds and hearts of some bureaucratic types in India, the book would be a disappointment. It is a short book, thankfully, predictable, but not charmless. Three stars and perhaps I am being generous.
Chinon
Very good book
Modar
The authors ability to build the story without disclosing all the details fires up ones imagination to build their own Malgudi. The language used is the exact style one hears in South India. R.K.Narayan is flawless in portraying the flaws of being human.
Alien
Narayan's beautiful prose deserves special mention. Midway through Part One, the main character, the Financial Expert Margayya, finds himself in the midst of a street melee, assaulted from all sides by "vegetable-sellers, oilmongers, passers-by, cartmen, students - everyone"! A washer woman reprimands him but a lone cyclist lends Margayya his voice. In this short single paragraph we find a miniature reproduction of the whole of Malgudi.

The novel opens with Margayya sitting across the street from a bank under a banyan tree in the fictional Indian town of Malgudi; he fills out forms for peasants. He works from a wooden box he carries around in which he keeps paper, a quill, and an inkwell.

The bankers object to what they see as his meddling with their clients. They force him to leave and Margayya is left jobless with a wife and child to support. He meets a priest who asks him what he wants; Margayya dreams of riches. Very well then, says the priest. He tells Margayya that he must worship the goddess Lakshmi and perform special rites that will take forty days and use up his last 200 rupees. Margayya does all he is told and soon becomes wealthy. How does not really matter, but let us say great luck favoured a greatly predisposed spirit.

But because he chose the goddess of wealth over the goddess of wisdom, his mind knows no rest. He is not a good father; he is inept rather than cruel or negligent. He spoils his son but then demands too much of him.

As expected, years pass and Margayya's fortunes rise and fall as events finally betray him, for no reason at all... Or rather he loses all through the later effects of the same contingency that brought him wealth in the first place. There is irony and structure in this. Margayya retrieves his old wooden box and returns to the banyan tree, his life having come a full circle.

Has this self-centered unpleasant man learned anything? Would we wish his life for ourselves? It does not matter. He has lived the life he was meant to live, for good or for ill, but he has lived it.

Vincent Poirier, Tokyo
Juce
It is through this book that I began my love affair with Mr. Narayan's writing. His characters are wry and ironic and clear. One is transported and thoroughly engaged. Best of all, Mr. Narayan delivers the heart of a story without the glitter and glare of literary cleverness and intellectual showing-off. The gift is so simply and honestly packaged that one is amazed and gratified by its depth.
"The Financial Expert" takes place in the made-up city of Malgudi in southern India. It centers around the life and pursuits of a man named Margaya who daily sits in a public park and offers expert advice--to those willing to pay for it--on matters of financial import. As you follow along, it seems as if Margaya's life has finally taken a turn for the better, but in reality all is unraveling. The book is rich in imagery of life in India, and one's ease in absorbing these details is due to Mr. Narayan's ability to present the unfamiliar in such a familiar light.
I hope that many more people are lucky enough to discover Mr. Narayan's work.
Landaron
If you haven't yet discovered the pleasures of R.K. Narayan, I highly recommend The Financial Expert. It is nothing less than a classic. Superbly written, with humorously human characters and a well observed story. We follow the successes and of Margayya, the "financial expert" who lives in Narayan's fictional Malgudi. His story is amusing and entertaining. Narayan is a wonderful writer. Enjoy.
Felolak
The book is about the life of an Indian chettiar (money-lender) and on his relationship with his son. Narayan's command of the English language is second to none and yet the book is extremely readable. Although set in India, the book will appeal to everyone: it is a good and interesting story, written in excellent English. ALL IN ALL, A FANTASTIC BOOK !
The Financial Expert download epub
Contemporary
Author: R. K. Narayan
ISBN: 0226568407
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr (October 1, 1981)
Pages: 217 pages