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Greatest Short Stories

Mulk Raj Anand

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ISBN 10: 8172247494 / ISBN 13: 9788172247492
Published by Jaico Publishing House, 1999
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Dr. Mulk Raj Anand is one of the most outstanding story teller, by virtue of his fecundity and the great variety of theme and moods, tone and technique which characterises his short stories. He has so far provided more than half a dozen collection of short stories over the last forty years. Dr. Anand`s short stories reveal other modes also, such as social satire, uproarious laughter and acute psychological perception. The first group represents the stories of "Lyric Awareness". In these stories the element of incident is almost minimal, the emphasis being an imaginative and emotional apprehension of an aspect of life, either on the human level or on that of animal creation. As in all lyric poetry, the themes have one element, such as birth and death, beauty, love and childhood and the treatment often reveals a symbolic dimension added to realistic presentation. There is also an appropriate heightening of style, in keeping with the mood and the tone of the narrative. The first story on the group The Lost Child illustrates almost all these features and is easily one of the most memorable of Dr. Anand`s short stories. It is a fable in which the traumatic experience of a child also symbolizes the eternal varieties of human condition. The story has a neat and balanced structure and the description in a lyrical vein. The earlier half effectively brings out the moods of wonder and joy the child feels until the final blow falls. Economy, brevity and a rich poetic vein characterize the story lullaby in an equal measure. The second group of stories in this selection is of the prevailing mood of which the consciousness `tears at the heart of things`. The stories are naturally allied to the brief tales of `lyric awareness` but with a difference. The treatment here is in the main, not symbolic but realistic and the emphasis is on bringing home to the reader the pathos of the plight of men and women crushed by forces too strong for them to fight against. These tales of pathos are full of overtones of social criticism. Lajwanti`s tale is representative of the helplessness of the Indian woman in the traditional rustic joint family. Rukmani`s tale is typical of countless similar tragedies which were the legacy of the partition of Indian. The Gold Watch is a revealing comment on race relations, The Cobbler and The Machine can also be regarded as a perspective gloss in the same side of industrialism. Nevertheless, the dominant impression produced by these stories is that of social criticism which remains subordinated to the pathos of the situation of the protagonists. The range and variety of Dr. Anand`s short stories are evinced not only in mood, tone and spirit, but also in locale, characters and form. The setting ranges from the Punjab to Uttar Pradesh and Kashmir; and both the village and the city get almost equal representation. The men, women and children that move through these narratives come from different strata of society. With all his limitations, Anand`s contribution to the Indian short story is truly impressive. He is a born story teller, who has, at the same time thought deeply over his craft, drawing upon several sources in shaping it. He has an unerring sense of situation and a sure ability to visualize clearly. His stories are a museum of human nature and have a wide range and ample variety of mood and tone. Among the Indian writers of the short story in English, he has few peers. Contents:- Introduction I. `LYRIC AWARENESS` : 1. The Lost Child 2. Lullaby 3. Birth 4. A VIllage Idyll 5. Five Short Fables 6. Little Chicks II. TEARS AT THE HEART OF THINGS : 1. Lajwanti 2. The Parrot in the Cage 3. The Gold Watch 4. Old Bapu 5. The Cobbler and the Machine III. THE SOCIAL SCENE : 1. The Power of Darkness 2. The Tractor and the Corn Goddess 3. A Kashnllr Idyll 4. The Price Printed Pages: 272. Bookseller Inventory # 8623

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Title: Greatest Short Stories

Publisher: Jaico Publishing House

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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New Enlarged Edition The present selection is an attempt to represent the wide range and variety of Mulk Raj Anands short stories. The first group represents the stories of lyric awareness. As in all poetry, the themes are elemental, such as birth and death, beauty, love and childhood, and the treatment often reveals a symbolic dimension added to realistic presentation. The prevailing mood of the second group of stories in this selection is of the tears at the heart of things. These stories are naturally allied to the brief tales of lyric awareness but with a difference. Through his acute understanding of the complex social forces at work, Anand describes an India where tradition clashes with modernity. The range and variety of Anands short stories are not only in mood, tone and spirit but also in locale, characters and form. The setting ranges from the Punjab (as in The Parrot in the Cage) to Uttar Pradesh (as in The Price of Bananas) and Kashmir (as in Kashmir Idyll). Both the village and the city get almost equal representation. Mulk Raj Anands stories are a museum of human nature. Among the Indian writers of the short story in English, he has few peers.

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