||Home-grown background. Mixed sap: a life -- I had not been false: a career -- Profundity with a light touch: a style -- The pre-independence novels. In a world dominated by adults: Swami and friends -- Live a man's life: The bachelor of arts -- Sacral space: no trespassing! -- The dark room -- Purify the mind ad clarify the vision: ordeal and aftermath -- Some eternal scheme: The English teacher and the partitive parallax -- Enchantment in life: Mr. Sampath and the Naipaul enigma -- Vice-feciton: the post-independence novels and novellas. A wizard for Malgudi: The financial expert -- The moth and the Mahatma: Writing for the Mahatma -- Grateful to love and death: the guide -- For God, country -- and comedy! The man-eater of Malgudi -- Private sorrows, Indian remedy: The vendor of sweets -- First love again! The painter of signs -- Caution! Masterful male! Talkative man -- Guru and Chela: A tiger for Malgudi -- Metal fatigue: The world of Nagaraj -- Gunas horror: Grandmother's tale -- Summing up. Cosmic comedy: R.K. Narayan's gunas comedy.
||R.K. Narayan occupies centre stage among Indian English writers of the twentieth century, with fifteen novels and novellas and more than half a dozen collections of short stories to his credit. He was the first Indian writer in English to win the Sahitya Akademi Award (1958). This work is a definitive study of the man and the writer. Ranga Rao presents an intimate picture of Narayan, based on his personal experiences with the Narayan himself and his friends and relatives. Rao does detailed critical analyses of all of Narayan's novels and novellas, reading them through the lens of the Indian philosophical concept of the three 'gunas' (quality or virtue): 'sattvic' (harmonious), 'rajasic' (passionate), and 'tamasic' (chaotic). Ranga Rao post-scripts his critique with wide-ranging endnotes, offering plenty of facts and filiations, drawn from critics as well as friends and interviewers of Narayan, and from the novelist's own non-fictional works.
|Bibliography note||Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-309) and index.|
|Genre/form||Criticism, interpretation, etc.|
|Stock number||Library of Congress -- New Delhi Overseas Office|