East West Encounter in Shadow Lines of Amitav Ghosh

  • Dr. R. Bakyaraj Associate Professor, Dept. of English, K.L. University, Green Field, Vaddeswaram, Guntur-522502 (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Divvela Surendra Assistant Professor, Dept. of English, K.L. University, Green Field, Vaddeswaram, Guntur-522502 (Andhra Pradesh)

Abstract

The novel is no more the work of imagination but it is a reflection of reality as well: its essence its necessary quality, lies in the expression of the connection between the real and the imagination. Amitav Ghosh shadow lines resist classification. It is basically a memory novel that weaves together past and present, childhood and adulthood. India and Bangladesh and Britain, Hindu and Muslim story happening, through the coil within the coil of memories that unfurl within it, it establishes its socio historical situation through its careful observation of concrete social reality and as such can be regarded both as a social document and a political novel; it is also in many ways a buildings roman, tracing the growth and development of the narrator from childhood to maturity. It is part of the Indian experiment with the non-fiction novel whose first significance landmark was Salman Rushdie’s midnight ‘s children: it is as postmodernist a work of fiction as Farrukh Dhondy’s Bombay Duck.Key words: Imagination, Coil of memories, Unfurl, Maturity, Establish, fiction

Author Biography

Dr. R. Bakyaraj, Associate Professor, Dept. of English, K.L. University, Green Field, Vaddeswaram, Guntur-522502 (Andhra Pradesh)
Professor

References

1. Michael Zeraffa, Fictions: The novel and Social reality [Harmondsworth; Penguin, 1976] P. 20
2. A.K. Ramanujan, Pre-publication comment on the back of the jacket of the novel.
3. Culture and Imperialism (NY. Knopf, 1993), P. XII
4. The shadow line ( Delhi: Ravi Dayal, 1988) P. 9
Published
2017-11-26