"There are writers--Tolstoy and Henry James to name two--whom we
hold in awe, writers--Turgenev and Chekhov--for whom we feel a
personal affection, other writers whom we respect--Conrad for
example--but who hold us at a long arm's length with their 'courtly
foreign grace.' Narayan (whom I don't hesitate to name in such a
context) more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude,
for he has offered me a second home. Without him I could never have
known what it is like to be Indian."--Graham Greene Offering rare
insight into the complexities of Indian middle-class society, R. K.
Narayan traces life in the fictional town of Malgudi. The Dark Room
is a searching look at a difficult marriage and a woman who
eventually rebels against the demands of being a good and obedient
wife. In Mr. Sampath, a newspaper man tries to keep his paper
afloat in the face of social and economic changes sweeping India.
Narayan writes of youth and young adulthood in the
semiautobiographical Swami and Friends and The Bachelor of Arts.
Although the ordinary tensions of maturing are heightened by the
particular circumstances of pre-partition India, Narayan provides a
universal vision of childhood, early love and grief. "The
experience of reading one of his novels is ...comparable to one's
first reaction to the great Russian novels: the fresh realization
of the common humanity of all peoples, underlain by a simultaneous
sense of strangeness--like one's own reflection seen in a green
twilight."--Margaret Parton, New York Herald Tribune
University of Chicago Press
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