Volume : 2, Issue : 4, APR 2016

INDO- BRITISH ENCOUNTER AS THE DOMINANT THEME IN RUMER GODDEN’S BLACK NARCISSUS, BREAKFAST WITH NIKOLIDES, AND KINGFISHER CATCH FIRE

Rajashekhar M Yarbagi

Abstract

In this article dominant theme, in Rumer Godden's novels have floated in and out of fashion. The research in the article focus on the huge contribution of Rumer Godden’s Balck Narcissus, yet whatever tidal shifts have affected tastes in fiction, these distinctive, poised and unsentimental books have never lost a shred of their almost hypnotic appeal. The three early novels, Black Narcissus(1939), Breakfast with the Nikolides (1942) and Kingfishers Catch Fire (1953), along with The River (1946), reflect the themes and settings that are central to her works. Godden was a writer who constantly drew on her own life experiences, frugally mixing and recasting the elements to give them fresh significance, but always relating her work back to the people, places, human passions and frailties that she knew and understood best. Here, the place is northern India, the people are the pre-partition British and the Indians they governed, and the themes are sexual desire, treachery, and the conflict of cultures and the loss of innocence.

Keywords

Rumer Godden’s Black Narcissus, hypnotic Appeal, pre-partition British, theme.

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