In The Financial Expert, R. K. 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 rich imagery of Indian life with the absorbing details and vivid storytelling that are Narayan’s trademarks.
‘The novels of R. K. Narayan are the best I have read in any language for a long time.’—Amit Roy, Daily Telegraph
‘The experience of reading one of his novels is . . . comparable to one’s first reaction to the great Russian novels: the fresh realization of the common humanity of all peoples.’—Margaret Parton, New York Herald Tribune Book Review
‘The hardest of all things for a novelist to communicate is the extraordinary ordinariness of most human happiness. . . . Jane Austen, Soseki, Chekhov: a few bring it off. Narayan is one of them.’—Francis King, Spectator