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The Painter of Signs (Paperback)

Author: R.K. Narayan

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  • Book Subgenre: Human Qualities + Behavior, Philosophy, Types of Characters, General, Love + Relationships + Sex, Peoples + Cultures, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Classics, Conflicts + Dualities
  • Language: english
  • Format: paperback
  • Book Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres

Reviewer: Eve Auchincloss, (Washington Post Book World)

"Narayan's sympathy and humor are free of the least sentimentality, and his ironic awareness of the contradictions and absurdities of his characters, far from reducing them, gives them dignity, size, and urgent humanity....So poised, so balanced a writer is Narayan, his sympathy and amusement so large, that even God's design for an overpopulated India seems defensible."

Reviewer: Anthony Thwaite, (New York Times Book Review)

"Without dense insistence, without trading on the exotic or doggedly making anthropological points Narayan observes a deeply traditional society gradually becoming aware of change, of the flux of modern Western notions. It is a world as richly human and volatile as that of Dickens, but never caricatured; and--unlike E. M. Forster's India--it is seen from the inside, though by a writer whose ironical detachment has no coldness."

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