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Orient Paperbacks, 1970 - India - 184 pages
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Kanthapura is the first major Indian novel in English. Kanthapura is the enchanting story of how the independence movement becomes a tangible reality in a tiny and secluded village in South India. It is the story of young Moorti, stormy and idealistic, and his fight against conservative forces. The novel has the flavor of an epic as it emerges through the eyes of a delightful old woman who comments with wisdom and humor on the variety and complexity of village life. It is text of the Civil Disobedience. Kanthapura was first published in London in 1938 and was written when Rao was in France.

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Raja Rao’s first novel Kanthapura (1938) is the story of a village in south India named Kanthapura. The novel is narrated in the form of a ‘sthalapurana’ by an old woman of the village, Achakka. The narrator establishes the parameters of the story within old and new legends. While Kenchamma and Siva are remembered for their marvelous feats and interventions in human affairs, analogies are sometimes drawn with contemporary figures. The story shows the birth of new ideas in old India. Must readable book. 

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Jyoti Shinde................This one of the finest novel of ancient times,the story of one tiny and undeveloped village in south India. the protagonist of the story is Moorti,who fought against backward forces.the plot structure of novel is well define and well formed this novel is about the time of gandhiji's period 

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