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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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Live a Man’s Life

Live a Man’s Life

The Bachelor of Arts

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R.K. Narayan

Ranga Rao

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at another of Narayan’s novels, The Bachelor of Arts. The training of the mind of a Narayan hero is properly launched by Chandran in this novel. By the end the struggle yields results; Chandran has gone through a self-devised schedule, of self-education. This young man could be a novitiate in a monastery cutting himself off with a will from the world. His self-training is self-launched. He has come a long way, from an assertion of ‘freedom’ to a voluntary control of freedom, even to a determined self-regulation of it. The moral dividend is a spiritual poise, though a balance achieved by youth.

Keywords:   mind-training, self-training, voluntary control of freedom, spiritualism, balance, family, parental concern, B. Appasamy

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