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Ranga Rao

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199470754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.001.0001

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A Wizard for Malgudi

A Wizard for Malgudi

The Financial Expert

(p.123) 10 A Wizard for Malgudi
R.K. Narayan

Ranga Rao

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R.K. Narayan’s post-Independence novels and novellas challenge the art of the novelist. In this chapter, Ranga Rao notes how this procession of malcontents presents a more formidable challenge, how these rajasic–tamasic spirits can win the sympathy of the readers. In The Financial Expert, Margayya struggles hard to gain material success. The novel is the first of Narayan’s synoptic tales with moral equity, where the action builds up to a mythic inevitability. This novel shares the spirit of the post-Independence period. A virtual orphan, Margayya is also the first of the post-Independence failed fathers. Ranga Rao mentions a trace of anti-feminism in Margayya also goes with the rajasic temper of the post-Independence hero.

Keywords:   material success versus human happiness, sexuality, rajasic temper, spirit of post-Independence, anti-feminism, Banker Margayya

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