Books: Miniatures UNDER THE BANYAN TREE AND OTHER STORIES

UNDER THE BANYAN TREE AND OTHER STORIES

In a brief introduction to this collection of 28 tales, Indian Author R.K. Narayan states that "the short story is the best medium for utilizing the wealth of subjects available. A novel is a different proposition altogether, centralized as it is on a major theme, leaving out, necessarily, a great deal of the available material on the periphery. Short stories, on the other hand, can cover a wider field by presenting concentrated miniatures of human experience in all its opulence."

At first blush, this assertion seems to drop conventional wisdom on its head. Everyone knows that the novel is literature's great...

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