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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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Caution! Masterful Male!

Caution! Masterful Male!

Talkative Man*

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(p.211) 16 Caution! Masterful Male!
Source:
R.K. Narayan
Author(s):

Ranga Rao

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0016

As amusing as Narayan’s The Man-Eater of Malgudi, Narayan’s Talkative Man presents the career of a compulsive womanizer, Dr Rann. He is yet another rogue in Narayan’s post-Independence gallery. Dr Rann, a PhD, is the apotheosis of Narayan’s intellectuals and academics. From the havoc Rann creates, however, it is almost like the return of the man eater, in the avatar of a specialist woman eater. Towards the end, Rann delivers a talk on a topic he is best qualified for: a pest, the Giant Weed. Set against the ‘slippery’ Rann is his wife, a New Woman of Narayan’s post-Independence era. Ranga Rao notes that the latter period of Narayan’s post-Independence novels is the season of pests.

Keywords:   post-Independence novels, family, Narayan’s New Woman, Brahmin gentry of Kabir Street

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