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The Dark Room

The Dark Room (Paperback)

The Dark Room (Paperback)

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Published by Indian Thought Publication

209 pages

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9788185986029)

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In this poignant tale, R K Narayan again takes us back to Mysore and into the enchanting world of his fictitious town, Malgudi, where we are introduced to Savitri and Ramani. As in many of Narayan's novels, conservatism and reform are contrasted with the quiet irony and subtle humour which have become so characteristic of this author. Savitri is made to feel how completely dependent she is upon her husband, Ramani, when pressure is brought to bear upon their long-standing marriage. Ram...

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Dark Room,  

R. K Narayan,  

Indian Author,  

Indian Writer,  

Fiction,  

Fantasy,  

Malgudi Days,  

The Bachelor of Arts,  

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The third Narayan novel I have read in the Everyman's Library edition of four stories set in the fictional town of Malgudi, India and I am looking forward to the fourth (.. More details The third Narayan novel I have read in the Everyman's Library edition of four stories set in the fictional town of Malgudi, India and I am looking forward to the fourth ('The English Teacher'), as Narayan's wonderful unassuming and gentle style improved with each of the books I have read so far.

In 'The Dark Room,' Narayan writes about a female protagonist for the first time. Savitri, sensitive and intelligent, is burdened with a boorish and overbearing husband as well as three insensitive and obtuse children, whom she nevertheless loves unconditionally. No wonder that she slinks off to a dark room of the house for bouts with major depression.

As with the first two Malgudi novels, the tale is a sort of bittersweet parable. The main characters try for a grand gesture to break with the injustices of their own lives and life in India in the 1930s, but fail because of their own lack of boldness and courage. Each also fails to really understand their privileged positions as compared to those of lesser station who stoically accept poverty and powerlessness.

If all that sounds depressing, it isn't, as Narayan tempers his stories with laconic and considerate humor. He manages to poke fun at human weakness while maintaining sympathy and understanding. In the flawed personalities of Malgudi, despite differences in culture and time, the reader is able to see his own foibles, and laugh at them.

Highly recommended.
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The Dark Room, a novel written by R.K.Narayan, is a tale set in the fictitious town of Malgudi. The central character of this novel is Savitri, a submissive housewife, w.. More details The Dark Room, a novel written by R.K.Narayan, is a tale set in the fictitious town of Malgudi.
The central character of this novel is Savitri, a submissive housewife, who is married to Ramani, an employee of the Engladia Insurance Company. They have three children, Kamala, Sumati and Babu. Savitri is a typical housewife of the India of those times, very much dominated and neglected by her husband. There is a dark room in their house where Savitri retires whenever her husband's harshness seems unbearable to her.
Savitri's husband has a torrid affair with a newly recruited employee in his firm. Savitri learns about it and threatens to leave her husband's home. Ramani, in his arrogance, does not pay heed to the threat. But the fire ignited inside Savitri is strong enough to remain steadfast on her decision and leaves after a bitter quarrel. She tries unsuccessfully to commit suicide by drowning in a river. After some twists, typical to Narayan's style, such as taking up a caretaker job in a temple, Savitri ultimately cannot bear living without her children, so comes back, thereby deciding to live with the burden.
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