A Horse and Two Goats Criticism

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Over a prolific career spanning more than fifty years, Narayan has published fourteen novels, thirteen collections of short stories, and eleven other volumes of essays, translations and memoirs. He is known primarily for his many novels and short stories set in the fictional, small Southern Indian town of Malgudi, and most critics and reviewers focus on these stories. Critics appreciate Narayan for the clarity of his vision for the town, for the way the town has grown and changed over the years as a "real" town would, and they compare his use of the town through many works to William Faulkner's creation of Yoknapatawpha County or Thomas Hardy's Wessex novels, yet they find that his details about everyday Indian life and his warmth and sympathy toward his characters create stories that are universal. Reaction to Narayan's work has always been quite positive, but his reputation among literary scholars seems to...

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