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...another 'travel' least favorite of reads. I'll give this a miss as well:-(

Barbara MacLeod

Excellent! Furthermore, I know that this is one that would interest my son-in-law who is an avid reader and has recently started up his own bookgroup.


If you only selected books that would appeal to me on sight in the bookshop, then I would lose part of the value of this place. So I'm looking forward to this undiscovered country (for me).

Julie Fredericksen

Thank you for introducing me to another new (for me) author. Our library does not have this book of Narayan's (it has several others) but I can get it on

I'm looking forward to seeing what people say about TWC next Saturday.

Sarah west midlands

Came across your site this morning and would love to be part of your group so am ordering the title for March. This will give me a chance to find my way round your site with your site. Love the idea of linking recipes too. Best wishes SarahJay


Welcome, Sarah!


If you mean you haven't read Travels with Charley 'cos it's a travel book, I can only say you're missing a masterpiece. I really don't think it is a travel book, actually - the title is quite misleading - so I would encourage you to reconsider.

And the Narayan is definitely a novel - I'm reading him at the moment (not this actual book) and finding him sensitive, funny and interesting on a continent (India) I normally avoid in literature.


Curiously enough, I have just embarked on Narayan for the first time myself - I have some short stories and a different novel; first impressions favourable!

Dark Puss

Can I second Lindsay's support for the Steinbeck!


Looking forward to this new-to-me author. As always, I ordered the book as soon as you put the title up.

As for Travels with Charley, I am listening to it on audio book and enjoying his observations of the changing American landscape.


I should think it would make a great audio book, Loretta (assuming it's the right reader, of course).

Dark Puss

This had better be good! It has just cost me 44p to reserve a copy at my local library.


Ruinous! And you don't even get to keep the book!


44p! Gosh - our library charges 90p - and it doesn't appear to have heard of R.K. Narayan (sigh...back to the booksellers).

Dark Puss

Just collected it so I will be able to contribute in my usual provocative and ill-informed way to the discussion this month.

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