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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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First Love Again!

First Love Again!

The Painter of Signs

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(p.205) 15 First Love Again!
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R.K. Narayan
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Ranga Rao

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0015

This chapter recounts The Painter of Signs where Narayan creates an idealist sign painter. Set in a conservative town in south India, this work is the biggest surprise from Narayan. A modern young man, swearing by rationalism and anti-love, lands in love and trouble, until released by his beloved who is a modern Indian woman. As a story of first love, one draws comparison with The Bachelor of Arts. In this late novel, Narayan performs a sort of metempsychosis; he gets inside and analyses a young man: a rajasic, modern young man at that.

Keywords:   comparison with The Bachelor of Arts, first love, openness to sexual drive, romance, modern Indian woman, family

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