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The Cat and Shakespeare The Cat and Shakespeare is a gentle almost teasing fable of two friends Govindan Nair is an astute down to earth philosopher and clerk who tackles the problems of routine living with extraordinary common sense and gusto and whose refreshing and unorthodox conclusions continually panic Ramakrishna Pai Nair's friend neighbour and narrator of the story This evocative novel brings alive the raw texture of life in Trivandrum and delights in its humour

  • Paperback
  • 165 pages
  • The Cat and Shakespeare
  • Raja Rao
  • English
  • 16 September 2014

About the Author: Raja Rao

Raja Rao Kannada ರಾಜ ರಾವ್ has long been recognised as a major novelist of our age His five earlier novels— Kanthapura 1932 The Serpent and the Rope 1960 The Cat and Shakespeare 1965 Comrade Kirillov 1976 and The Chessmaster and His Moves 1988—and three collections of short stories— The Cow of the Barricades and Other Stories 1947 The Policeman and the Rose 1978 and On the Gan



10 thoughts on “The Cat and Shakespeare

  1. LibraryCin LibraryCin says:

    15 starsWhat the bleep was that? Is there such a thing as “philosophical fiction”? That may have been this I don’t think there was any kind of plot From what I could gather there as a man with a wife and a mistress one I’m not sure which was “woman” not “a woman” just “woman” He has a daughter “child” not “a child” just “child” He works A boy child got sick a cat appeared somewhere along the way a boss died the mistress was pregnant and I think had a baby I think The book gets the extra half star for what I think I actually followed in the book since I was surprised that I managed to follow anything – at least I think I did Sorry if any of what I mentioned as a spoiler – my apologies if I’ve ruined the book for anyone

  2. Shivani Sharma Shivani Sharma says:

    Metaphysics galore Also low key humorous People don't lie when they say that this book reads like a song; it indeed does In an all uite unlike anything I've read before

  3. Suraj Alva Suraj Alva says:

    If you're into metaphysics then this is your heaven The central point isThe student Rama the MC has ambitions desires But lets them be Then comes the Guru Govinda who guides the latent to fruition and half completion the house is finally built of two storeys instead of three Why? The student knows naught the reality of the world But the Guru knows Is cat unreality and Shakespeare reality? Then is ambition unreality that needs to become reality? Then does that mean that unreality comes before reality thus there is no unreality? Because unreality is simply a part of reality? It is fun to go on such musings But what the novel is to me is language Nowhere will you find such elevating poetry Prose and poetry are not separate but are one ha It is pure sensual pleasure reading this novel Wit also plays its part gathering a few laughs Want a sensory experience of a South Indian town village with a metaphysical twist? Then you must read

  4. Kit Kit says:

    I'll be honest I think this book was a lot of metaphysical wank I enjoyed the last 10 but the first 150 pages were hard to swallowIn the Penguin Modern Classics edition the introduction for this was about 40 pages which was a fair chunk of the book I skip the introduction in most fiction that I read but I found that it was necessary after getting through half the book not that it helpedWhile the intro gave some context on the difference between Western writing and the Indian mind the bit about the book was only discussed within 5 pages It also told that I would need to know the author back to front so that I don't misread the bookPersonally I don't feel obliged I took another day just to read up on the philosophy behind the book and Raja Rao's writings just in case I can find something to salvage from the book I didn't and I still find that this thing is a lot of wank

  5. Rahul Verma Rahul Verma says:

    There seem to be no boundaries in and to his writing Normal acts and philosophy keep merging into each other to make you home to the dreamy state that life is His style sets you free from the bounds of usual structured writing and makes the mind so light The sense of time in the story keeps getting warped and still it seems natural As the story proceeds the metaphysical themes are explored and left open to the reader's interpretation

  6. Maya Maya says:

    A philosophical inuiry into life that defies the time it's been set in What could be different in the novel from the conversations of today is the absolute authority with which caste and gender pervades all discussions of the characters Of course they are discussed today but in a completely different light

  7. Mehreen Shaikh Mehreen Shaikh says:

    There’s a whimsical sing song feel to this book I enjoyed the odd humour and upbeat storytelling I wouldn’t say ‘go get this book right away’ But if you want to explore different writing styles this would be a good suggestion

  8. Gagan Singh Gagan Singh says:

    plain stories through talks about random thoughts existenceobjects their properties space conceptual analysis blah blah blah

  9. Chaitanya Sharma Chaitanya Sharma says:

    Probably I was too stupid to get the hidden meaning but I didn't understand the book at all It had little for me apart from the mellow description of pre independence Trivandrum

  10. Nikita Joseph Nikita Joseph says:

    One of those books which make you go like ‘???’ but also ‘why am I thinking so much’

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