R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan

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R. K. Narayan, author of more than a dozen novels and numerous short stories, is a writer of international stature. Only recently, however, has he received the critical attention that is his due. This lucid and often eloquent study provides both new and devoted Narayan readers with an introduction to his life and work. William Walsh, who makes generous and apt use of quotations from Narayan's work, traces Narayan's artistic development and brings into clear relief the qualities that characterize his fiction: gentle irony, humor, and a tolerance of human foibles. Both a criticism and an appreciation, this work will prove valuable to those already acquainted with this delightful and important novelist and will lead others to his work for the first time.Within this context of place, family and work, we find a striking duality in the development of character, Srinivas being one of those young, ardent, idealistic Narayan characters, another Chandran in The Bachelor of Arts, another Krishna in The English ... in The English Teacher, or the middle-aged rake in The Bachelor of Arts, or the strange priest in The Financial Expert, or the sinister Marco in The Guide.

Title:R. K. Narayan
Author:William Walsh
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1982-11-01


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