A Study of Rahul Bhattacharya’s The Sly Company of People who Care

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Postmodernism is the umbrella term used to denote the contemporary happenings. Primarily it is the period soon after post world war II worldwide. Secondly, the effect created by the war on human beings and their behavior. Third, its impact on human artifacts including art, literature, culture etc. Its impact on literature particularly finds expression in novels. The novels of this period are named ‘metafiction’ by Linda Hutcheon (1998) as they carry ‘meta-narratives’ rather than ‘grand narratives’. These fragmented narratives are caused by various types, one such type is the bricolage or mixture of genre. Eclecticism is the supposed best mode of finding solution to the contemporary issues. It is choosing the best from new and available …show more content…
In the process of seeking employment most of the Guyanese have converted to Christianity. And this migration is the easiest mode of economic upliftment for converted Christians. This journalist writes on his one year off (2002) in Guyana. It is his travel tale. In the first part of the novel Geographical exploration prevails. It is an account of another man of the similar postcolonial backdrop. Guyana is full of drenched forests, decaying houses filled with Indian and African characters. This novel is considered a great local fiction by an outsider. It carries fun and sadness as well. The novel is full of passing numerous characters. The only holding link is its narrator. The First half of the novel describes about flora, fauna and geographical details. The remaining half tells about the journalist’s fall in love for the coolie girl Jan. Mr. Bhombal, a water-work technician is an Indian national. He had ‘gloomy eyes’, ‘melancholy face’, ‘drooping eyebrows’, and ‘defeated lips’. He is fighting to defeat the defeat. It is a multi ethnic ambience in Guyana. The street had Chine, Buck, Coolie, Blackman. ‘Arse’ and ‘Fuck’ are the very common colloquial derogatory words commonly used in the novel. It is the Creoles- English that is used more than Standard English. In the struggle of sustaining the life, brutalities have become unaccountable. The Lawyer who won the Lady’s care killed her child suspecting that it

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