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TAMIL

Literary criticism

KI RAAVIN SIRUKATHAIP PADAIPPAALUMAI: Si. Mangaiyarkkarasi; Copies can be had from Kaavya, 14, First Cross Street, Trustpuram, Kodambakkam, Chennai-600024. Rs. 100.

THIS BOOK is a study on the short stories of the renowned writer Ki. Rajanarayanan in six chapters. The first deals with the background of Ki Ra's writing. The second discusses the various kinds of experience of the people of the "karisal" land, which might be considered the inner voice and glowing spirit of his writings. Traditional beliefs, day-to-day life, habits, customs and manners are also taken up for discussion in the chapter.

The characters of the stories are found to be true representatives of the people of the "karisal" land. Each character can be considered as a token of a certain type. The fourth examines the form of the stories including various techniques employed by the writer. The linguistic style is carefully analysed in the next chapter. He has made use of the regional dialect to make the characters more lively and real. The last chapter briefly presents the essential outcome of the research work.

The author is quite aware of the current trends in short stories and novels in Tamil. She has rightly chosen a writer who is known for his original and innovative contributions. The present volume is a significant contribution to modern Tamil literature.

PKR

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