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R.K. NarayanThe Novelist and His Art$
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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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Profundity with a Light Touch

Profundity with a Light Touch

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(p.22) 3 Profundity with a Light Touch
R.K. Narayan

Ranga Rao

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Narayan’s goals were as serious as those of the novelists who wrote before him in south India. He achieved his results with a delicate touch. To a tradition of thematic gravity, he brought a transparent and deliberately ‘unstudied’ voice and humour. The restraint and the art of poise were cultivated by Narayan himself. His temperament helped and circumstances took a hand; but he had learnt from the south-Indian example performance. Narayan mentioned the sources of his inspiration: elements that would normally stimulate one to write. And for him these are curiosity, interest in people, interest in one’s surroundings, a desire for achievement of any sort, or for a future.

Keywords:   Narayan’s style, Graham Greene, humour, performance, English tragedies, Indian English novel, Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao

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