The English Teacher Essay
Set a few years before India gained its independence, the novel begins with Krishna living in a hostel near his university, the same one he had occupied as a student, and going about his routine. He is not very happy as an English teacher. He soon learns that his wife and …show more content…
That is not to say the novel is simplistic. Indeed, I hesitate to point out that fault, because I was kept in moral suspense till the end. As I said, it is not clear for a long while whether his otherworldly communication is real or simulated, and the novel's themes are urgent and complex, the happy ending notwithstanding. Besides, the ending has some lyrical beauty.
The most interesting part of the novel is doubtless the anxious beginnings of Krishna's spiritual experiment. That the results of this experiment turn out to have empirical foundations (more or less: a certain lost box has tiger feet, as Susila said, but the letters are still missing) does not vitiate the power of these scenes, that is, it does not cheapen them aesthetically. It is fascinating and moving in itself to see what a man needs for comfort, what separation and loss mean in the