A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories

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Reluctant Guru
Author Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami [alias R K Narayanan]
Illustrator Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Laxman [alias R K Laxman]
Country India
Genre Collection of short stories
Publisher The Bodley Head Ltd
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 160
ISBN 978-0-370-01438-8
OCLC 152850
LC Class PZ3.N166 Ho3 PR9499.3.N3

A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories (also published as A Horse and Two Goats) is a collection of short stories by R. K. Narayan, published in 1970 by The Bodley Head.[1] The book is illustrated by R. K. Laxman, Narayan's brother, and includes five stories.[2] The title story is a sly narrative of a business transaction between an American tourist and an Indian goat-herder as the result of an inability to communicate to each other.[3]

This short story deals with cross-cultural experiences and the clash of cultures, specifically the clash of Indian and Western cultures. Narayan uses humor to demonstrate how far apart the two worlds are. The two main characters in this story could not be more different: Muni is poor, rural, uneducated, Hindu, brown, a social outcast; the American is wealthy, urban, educated, probably Christian, and white.

Narayan achieves this by using many kinds of irony, including dramatic irony.


  1. ^ British book news. British Council. 1970. p. 900. OCLC 1537139. 
  2. ^ May, Charles Edward (2001). Critical Survey of Short Fiction: Bharati Mukherjee - Mona Simpson. Critical survey of short fiction 5. Frank Northen Magill (2 ed.). Salem Press. p. 1753. ISBN 978-0-89356-011-9. OCLC 248496155. 
  3. ^ Pritchett, Victor Sawdon (1981). The Oxford book of short stories. Oxford University Press. p. 395. ISBN 978-0-19-214116-3. OCLC 8035224.