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The Room on the Roof (Puffin Classic) Paperback – 19 Sep 2008

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About the Author

Ruskin Bond's first novel, The Room on the Roof, written when he was seventeen, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize in 1957. Since then he has written several novels (including Vagrants in the Valley, A Flight of Pigeons and Delhi Is Not Far), essays, poems and children's books, many of which have been published by Penguin India.

He has also written over 500 short stories and articles that have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies.

He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Padma Shri in 1999.

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  • Reading level: 11+ years
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin India (19 September 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143330799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143330790
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I hardly re-read novels more than once. But "The Room on the Roof" is an exception.

Rusty, an English boy, who was confined in a british colony, rebels against his strict and authoritarian guardian and runs away to the outside world. There he gets some beautiful relationships - his first crush and friends. In the new independent world, how he deals with his first crush, loneliness, his best friends and their relationships is the novel.

Beyond the story, what marvels the reader is the author's vivid descriptions of rain, trees, nature and village people, so simple yet leaves a haunting effect for few days.

With rains outside, curling up in the bed with a cup of hot coffee, soothing classical music(I listened to Umrao Jaan/Bazaar Songs), this is the best companion for monsoon days.
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"The little spring rain rode on a bit ,- - " It seriously gives the feeling. The book is gift to my son on his birthday. He has got an addict to read it. He also wants to become an author like Ruskin Bond. It is a must buy. Rusty his lonely - friendly - full of love - life. It is for children and adults both.
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I happened to read it, in Dehradun, where most of the plot is set in the book. I purchased it in first place, because i wanted to know, how Ruskin Wrote when he was 17-19 years old(because i'm a wannabe author too). The metaphors that he used almost regularly throughout the book is baffling, i ravished it. The ravenous thirst of some really natural and not market intended story line, was absolutely full filled. Though it is a puffin classic, it can be read by adults too. It's a story of coming out of the identity of nothing, streaming through the love hardships of teenage boy. Full filling read...
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We can say it is story of an angloindian boy and his local natives. But beyond that a man's love for nature. Bond through this novel gives us a picture of a Himalayan village. The falls prestige of white make him so crual. Our first Primeminister's 125th birth day was celebrated by his white bahu of the family and Italian I ndian graaaand son.
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Written at 17? Unbelievable!

Mr. Bond surely knew from the start how to woo hearts with the pen. I am about the same age as Rusty, and I fell in love with him !
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Really nice book to read... Story is superb and must readable those who wants to start reading novel first.. Good starter.. Author ruskin bond s simply amazing writer..
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i liked the way how the natue and the childhood of a young boy of sixteen is shown here.
the book also views the psychology of a sixteen year old boy......
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Good book. Interesting to read and worth reading. Best works of Ruskin Bond. Very good and so interesting. Children should read and the language is wonderful.
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