Waiting for the Mahatma by R. K. Narayan

In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of modern Indian fiction, human-scale hopes and epiphanies express the promise of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. 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. This novel, written after India's independence, is a masterpiece of social comedy, rich in local color and abounding in affectionate humor and generosity of spirit.

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The 2212th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 74th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Waiting for the Mahatma Hardcover 1444914 $62.20 $3.00 1955
Waiting for the Mahatma Paperback 11175826 $0.77 1993
Mr Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma Kindle Edition 796698 $11.84 2009
Waiting for the Mahatma (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 789952 $7.99 2012
Memories of Malgudi Hardcover 6878243 $64.11 $19.95 2000
Waiting for the Mahatma Hardcover 6218017 $93.36 $7.40
Waiting for Mahatma Paperback 3475908 $60.71 $0.97 1981
R K Narayan Omnibus Volume 2: Mr Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma: "Mr Sampath", "The Financial Expert", "Waiting For Mahatma": v, 2 Hardcover 5304308 $29.47 $10.71 2006
Waiting for the Mahatma (Vintage Classics) Paperback 6264000 $31.13 $26.39 2000
Mr. Sampath--The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma (Everyman's Library) Hardcover 364913 $13.04 $9.29 2006
Waiting for the Mahatma Paperback 513429 $2.75 $2.54 2010
Memories of Malgudi: The Dark Room, The English Teacher, Waiting for the Mahatma, The Guide and The World of Nagaraja Paperback 941789 $39.95 $1.75 2002
More Tales From Malgudi Paperback 10726315 $9.40 $1.94 1997