The Dark Room

The Dark Room

by R. K. Narayan
     
 

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Set in colonial India in the 1930s, "The Dark Room" portrays a woman in crisis. After fifteen years of marriage to a capricious husband who alternately berates and neglects his family, Savitri takes stock of her life when confronted with his adultery with a glamorous woman from the office. With gentle humor and a keen ear for domestic dialogue, R. K. Narayan shows… See more details below

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Set in colonial India in the 1930s, "The Dark Room" portrays a woman in crisis. After fifteen years of marriage to a capricious husband who alternately berates and neglects his family, Savitri takes stock of her life when confronted with his adultery with a glamorous woman from the office. With gentle humor and a keen ear for domestic dialogue, R. K. Narayan shows Savitri striking out for herself in her own very Indian way.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Wordsworth
"Narayan's limits are meticulously imposed and observed by his humour and compassion come from a deep universal well, with the result that he has transformed his imaginary of Malgudi into a bubbling parish of the world." -- The Observer
Margaret Parto
"The experience of reading one of his novels is...comparable to one's first reaction to the great Russian novels: The first realization of the common humanity of all peoples, underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness -- like one's own reflection seen in a green twilight." -- The New York Herald Tribune Book Review

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ISBN-13:
9780226568362
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
03/01/1981
Pages:
210

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B Wright
"There are writers -- Tolstoy and Henry James to name two -- whom we hold in awe, writers -- Turgenev and Chekhov -- for whom we feel a personal affection, other writers whom we respect -- Conrad for example -- but hold us at a long arm's length with their 'courtly foreign grace.' Narayan (whom I don't hesitate to name in such a context) more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude, for he has offered me a second home. Without him I could never have known what it is like to be Indian."

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