Review of The Impressionist, by Hari Kunzru

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Author: Ramlal Agarwal
Editor: Lawrence J. Trudeau
Publisher: Gale, a Cengage Company
Document Type: Book review; Critical essay
Length: 563 words

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[(essay date 2003) In the following review, Agarwal praises Kunzru’s skill in incorporating multiple themes into the novel.]

As a colony of Great Britain, India was the most precious of the crown-jewels of the empire, but it was also its most frightful possession: it reflected the pomp and power of the empire but proved to be the most dreadful ordeal for those who possessed it. Naturally, the Indo-English relationship has fascinated writers and readers the world over for more than a century, and such writers as Rudyard Kipling, E. M. Forster, J. G. Farrell, Ruth Prawar Jhabvala, Paul Scott, and scores of others have dealt with its various aspects in their fiction. Hari Kunzru’s novel The Impressionist is a welcome addition to the genre. The Indo-English relationship represented a love-hate relationship for the earlier writers, but Kunzru presents it...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1100123816