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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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Enchantment in Life

Enchantment in Life

Mr. Sampath1 and the Naipaul Enigma

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(p.89) 9 Enchantment in Life
Source:
R.K. Narayan
Author(s):

Ranga Rao

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0009

Mr. Sampath is the story of Srinivas who arrives at Malgudi and realizes his proper goals. The first critical question on Mr. Sampath that Ranga Rao asks in this chapter is if Narayan identifies completely with Srinivas, a point noted by V.S. Naipaul in his work India: A Wounded Civilization. Ranga Rao then questions what the novelist is up to in this novel. The style employed in this novel is using complex sentences with subordinate adverbial clauses. Ranga Rao notes extensively Naipaul’s critique of Narayan’s novel in this chapter. Thematically, the early comedy has been progressing towards this central interest; this perennial priority culminates in Mr. Sampath. This novel marks the end of pre-Independence phase of novels.

Keywords:   sattvic hero, last of pre-Independence novels, V.S. Naipaul’s critique, early comedy, Rajam’s death, psychic guidance, Dr Paul Brunton, the Gita, domestic discord

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