By R. K. Narayan
A venerable tiger, outdated and toothless now, seems again over his existence from cubhood and early days roaming wild within the Indian jungle.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 bought into movies (co-starring with a beefy Tarzan in a leopard dermis) until eventually, discovering the human international 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 during the eyes of a wild animal and revealing how, rather all of sudden, Raja reveals candy companionship and peace.
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Verloc intimated in a throaty, veiled murmur that he was no longer young. “Oh! That’s a failing which age does not cure,” Mr. Vladimir remarked, with sinister familiarity. “But no! You are too fat for that. You could not have come to look like this if you had been at all susceptible. I’ll tell you what I think is the matter: you are a lazy fellow. ” “Eleven years,” was the answer, after a moment of sulky hesitation. “I’ve been charged with several missions to London while His Excellency Baron Stott-Wartenheim was still Ambassador in Paris.
That’s your affair,” murmured Mr. Vladimir, with soft brutality. “When you cease to be useful you shall cease to be employed. Yes. Right off. Cut short. You shall—” Mr.
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