Contents: Preface. 1. Indian fiction in English : a note on R.K. Narayan, Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao and Manohar Malgaonkar. 2. R.K. Narayan’s novels : a note on the settings. 3. R.K. Narayan’s novels : a study of his view of social reality. 4. R.K. Narayan’s novels : a note on Malgudi. 5. Swami and friends : the world of childhood. 6. The dark room : a study in feminist perspectives. 7. The bachelor of arts : a study of matched marriages. 8. Mr. Sampath : the printer of Malgudi. 9. The man eater of Malgudi : a classical myth. 10. Waiting for the Mahatma : the Gandhian epic. 11. The financial expert : a study of comic overtones. 12. The vendor of sweets : a thematic study. 13. The Ramayan : a prose version of the Indian epic. 14. R.K. Narayan’s novels : a note on language and style. 15. The guide : railway porter to a Bogus Sanyasi. 16. The English teacher : a positive philosophy of life. 17. The painter of signs : family planning as central motive. Bibliography.
"This volume of critical essays on R.K. Narayan’s novels comprises essays on his early, middle and last period of fiction writing. It contains essays on his Sahitya Akademi Award novel The Guide and Narayan’s Malgudi. " (jacket)