R.K. Narayan: A Painter of Modern India
Treats novelist Narayan's (b. 1906) concern for his own Indian civilization, which he describes as threatened by slumbering routine and influences from the west. Each of his 14 novels is set in a fictional town in southern India, and his protagonists are members of the urban middle class dealing with a rapidly changing society and an uncertain future. Pousse (English, U. of La Reunion-France) also considers Narayan's choice to write in English, his concept of the novel as an art form, and his evolution as a writer. The paper is acidic, despite the publisher's claim. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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