The Select Nonsense of Sukumar Ray
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The Select Nonsense of Sukumar Ray

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Item Code: IDF225
Author: Sukanta Chaudhuri
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2002
ISBN: 9780195630398
Pages: 62
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5" X 7"
Weight 140 gm

About the Book:

Sukumar Ray is one of the greatest children's writers in Bengali, and undoubtedly the finest writer of nonsense tales and verse in the language. His father was Upendrakishore Ray, another children's writer and a pioneer of Indian printing. Satyajit Ray, who has contributed and introduction to this volume, was Sukumar's son.

Rhymes without Reason (Abol-Tabol) and A Topsy-Turvy Tale (Ha-Ja-Ba-Ra-La) are Sukumar Ray's most famous works. The first is a collection of nonsense poems and other comic verse. A Topsy-Turvy Tale is a dream fantasy-a little reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, but the original creation of a remarkably fertile and inventive mind.

Sukanta Chaudhuri's translation includes 44 of the 52 pieces in Rhymes without Reason, and the full text of A Topsy-Turvy Tale barring a few short passages.

Sukumar Ray's original illustrations have been reproduced here.

About the Author:

Sukanta Chaudhuri is Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Calcutta.

Excerpts from Reviews:

'...some of the most brilliant nonsense rhymes and fantasies one hopes to come across in world literature. Nothing could be more outrageous or more original...magnificent fare...[an] excellent volume of translations.'

- The Times of India

'...extremely readable, unputdownable...should appeal to not only children but also adults with a sense of the absurd.'

- Indian Express

'What is remarkable about Chaudhuri's The Select Nonsense of Sukumar Ray is that it not only succeeds in recapturing the peculiar nuances of Sukumar's style but also in getting across to the reader the quitessence of Sukumar's humour, wit and satire.'

- The Telegraph

'[The] translations offer strong clear echoes of the originals...[a] fascinating book with its delightful illustrations, excellent layout, revealing introduction and punchy poetry.'

- Sunday Herald


Hotch-potch 1
The Old Man of the Woods 2
Tickle-My-Ribs 3
The Purloined Moustache 4
A Marriage is Announced 5
The Power of Music 6
The Inventor 7
Shadow Play 8
Pumpkin-Puff 10
Safety First 11
Doctor Deadly 12
The Miracle Man 13
Snakes Alive 14
The Owl's Love Song 14
Burglar Alarm 15
All's Well 16
Super-Beast 17
The Rule of Twenty-One 18
The Lug-Headed Loon 20
The Customs of Bombagarh 22
The Music-Makers 23
War and Peace 24
Story Time 26
The Encyclopedia 27
Spook-Sports 28
Infant Joy 29
The Griffon's Grouse 30
Glee Song 32
The Hand of Fate 33
The Perfume Crisis 34
The Girt of Tears 36
Old Tom's Nocturne 37
Indirections 38
An Invitation 39
The Pursuit of Science 40
The Blighty Cow 41
Hit and Miss 42
The Strong Man 43
Dream Song 44

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