Contents: Preface. 1. R.K. Narayan’s The Guide: a novel of ironic reversal. 2. R.K. Narayan’s India. 3. Myth and reality in the fiction of R.K. Narayan. 4. The Guide: the novel and the film. 5. Untouchables in R.K. Narayan’s novels. 6. R.K. Narayan’s The Dark Room: a tragedy of domestic life. 7. Tradition versus modernity: an interpretation of R.K. Narayan’s The Vendor of Sweets. 8. R.K. Narayan’s novels: a note on language and style. 9. The Dark Room: a moving tale of a tormented wife. 10. Characterisation in the Malgudi novels of R.K. Narayan. 11. Missouri on the Sarayu. 12. The theme of ‘Renunciation’ in R.K. Narayan’s The Bachelor of Arts. 13. R.K. Narayan’s—The Maneater of Malgudi. 14. The good Shephered: R.K. Narayana’s Projection of the Mahatma. 15. Talkative man: a narration of circutous prodagality. 16. Myth, ritual and demonology. 17. R.K. Narayan in Indian fiction in English. 18. Beliefs and superstitions in R.K. Narayan’s novels. 19. Women in R.K. Narayan’s early novels. Index.
"Critical Response to R.K. Narayan is an attempt to critically examine the various works of R.K. Narayan, a legend in the realm of Indian fiction in English. It is an anthology of scholarly critical articles contributed by different scholars and teachers of English literature coming from different states of India.
R.K. Narayan, the great novelist and story writer of India, falls into that category whose works appeal to all sections of society. Like Shakespeare, his works are free from every theory but appeal to the most various men. They have a fine blending of feeling and form.
The book will prove to be a great asset to all those teachers, scholars and students who want to be familiar with R.K. Narayan and his various works." (jacket)