The Room on the Roof and Vagrants in the Valley- Two Novels of Adolescence

The Room on the Roof and Vagrants in the Valley Two Novels of Adolescence Two classic novels of adolescence by one of India s finest writers In The Room on the Roof Rusty a sixteen year old Anglo Indian boy decides he has had enough of the tiny diminshing European commu

  • Title: The Room on the Roof and Vagrants in the Valley- Two Novels of Adolescence
  • Author: Ruskin Bond
  • ISBN: 9780140239
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two classic novels of adolescence by one of India s finest writers In The Room on the Roof, Rusty, a sixteen year old Anglo Indian boy, decides he has had enough of the tiny, diminshing European community and his tyrannical guardian, and runs away To his delight, Rusty finds that life on the open road is packed with excitement and high adventure In Vagrants in the VaTwo classic novels of adolescence by one of India s finest writers In The Room on the Roof, Rusty, a sixteen year old Anglo Indian boy, decides he has had enough of the tiny, diminshing European community and his tyrannical guardian, and runs away To his delight, Rusty finds that life on the open road is packed with excitement and high adventure In Vagrants in the Valley, which picks up from where the first book ends, Rusty is joined in his travels by Kishen, another runaway As they venture further into the unknown, they discover new friends and participate in escapades but also begin to understand the complexities of growing up and the boundaries that circumscribe even the freest spirits Sharply observed, witty and wise, haunted on every page by the sights, smells and sounds of India, this evocation of youth, innocence and friendship will be read for a long time to come with deep, lasting pleasure.

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    1. Ruskin Bond

      Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent He is considered to be an icon among Indian writers and children s authors and a top novelist.He wrote his first novel, The Room on the Roof, when he was seventeen which won John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957 Since then he has written several novellas, over 500 short stories, as well as various essays and poems, all of which have established him as one of the best loved and most admired chroniclers of contemporary India In 1992 he received the Sahitya Akademi award for English writing, for his short stories collection, Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra , by the Sahitya Akademi, India s National Academy of Letters in India He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 for contributions to children s literature.He now lives with his adopted family in Landour near Mussoorie.

    310 thoughts on “The Room on the Roof and Vagrants in the Valley- Two Novels of Adolescence”

    1. A note to every avid reader: Come and dive into this magical book by Ruskin bond.Definitely, Ruskin Bond is a master story teller. His writing and story weaving skills will create a whole new world around the reader, difficult to escape from. And this book was also not an exception. Wonderfully woven story of an Anglo Indian boy Rusty who is in search of right path for his life. The narrations of surroundings, situations and deep insights into the smallest of details makes this book a perfect re [...]


    2. My father had presented this book to me on my 13th birthday, perhaps the perfect time to get such a gift. It felt as if Rusty and me were growing up together into our adolescence, experiencing the same emotions and looking at the world in exact the same way.These two novels about coming of age - one picking up from where the other ends - remain two of my all time favourite pieces of writing by Ruskin Bond, who happens to be one of my favourite authors too :)


    3. I liked it, partly because its set in India and I could relate to it well. Written simply, this is a treat if you are looking to go back in time to the age when India was just reborn, post Independence.


    4. "I am everything and nothing in particular", resonates the teenaged vagrant Rusty. "The Room on the Roof" marks the beginning of Bond's beautiful years as a writer, something whose seeds we see are sown in his nascent days, as his first book narrates to us. Many have found it difficult to believe that Bond was just seventeen when his first novel came out because he has touched nerves we often wish to leave undisturbed in our carefree days."The Room on The Roof" sees a Rusty, an Anglo-Indian orph [...]


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    6. It is a beautiful novel of adolescence and coming-of-age, of youthful innocence and friendship. The story is warm and endearing, and flows at an easy, constant pace. It is tinged with a subtle sadness, borne out of loneliness and hardships of living in small villages in the hills. I was almost sorry when Rusty has to end his carefree adventures and move towards adulthood, realizing the inevitable business of growing-up.This is also written in Ruskin Bond's own special style - in first person nar [...]


    7. Ruskin Bond was my childhood favourite. as a boy who grew up in dehradoon and frequented mussoorie on family trips i could personally connect to this book and have really fond memories of it. this book is one concoction of all the adolescence emotions and like all his works takes no time or patience to get immersed


    8. Love love love!I have always enjoyed Ruskin Bond's writing over the years. It is always refreshing to read any of his books.I thoroughly enjoy reading his books written at the beginning of his career again and again. His writing has its own wonderful charm and brings a lot of joy with it!


    9. Simple tales of adolescence, told with all the innocence that needs to come with it, but also a lot of maturity which must be developing at that age as well. A read to bring a smile to your face, not that it is a humor novel, but the characters with their life will make you smile just thinking at times, "If only life was like that".From my blog: wp/p2J8yh-29K


    10. As a child, my favourite writer was Ruskin Bond. The Room on the Roof was his first book that I read. I fell in love with the story, the easy-to-understand writing style and the narratives Mr. Bond drew from the heart of India. Years and years later, Ruskin Bond remains my favourite writer.


    11. This work is full of innocence and interesting twists and turns. There is never a dull moment and the plot keeps the reader hooked. The life in a small hill town is very beautifully described. I loved this book!










    12. I read it when I was much younger and I remember the book quote fondly. Ruskin bond became a favourite after this and ghost stories. Such brilliance.


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