R. K. Narayan | Critical Review by Shashi Tharoor

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of R. K. Narayan.
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SOURCE: "Comedies of Suffering," in New York Times Book Review, September 11, 1994, p. 40.

Tharoor is the author of The Great Indian Novel and Show Business. In the following review, he praises the stories in Narayan's The Grandmother's Tale as "interesting and often pleasurable," but complains of the banality of the author's prose.

"Some time in the early 30s," Graham Greene recalled, "an Indian friend of mine called Purna brought me a rather traveled and weary typescript—a novel written by a friend of his—and I let it lie on my desk for weeks unread until one rainy day." The English weather saved an Indian voice: Greene didn't know that the novel "had been rejected by half a dozen publishers and that Purna had been told by the author … to weight it with a stone and drop it into the Thames." Greene loved...

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