Author: Rashmi GaurPublisher: Prestige BooksYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 226ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178510111
Bapsi Sidhwa is a significant voice in today’s Commonwealth fictional world. Of her four novels, Ice-Candy-Man is the most serious and popular one. Effectively using the persona of a child narrator, it critically presents the kaleidoscopically changing socio-political realities of the Indian sub-continent just before its partition. Sidhwa’s humorous tone, subtle characterization, irreverence to established traditions and the absence of histrionics, imparts a very specific charm to this novel. Indeed Bapsi Sidhwa became a household name in India when this novel was recently made into a successful Mumbai film The Earth: 1947. The present book offers an in-depth analysis of this intriguing novel from different critical perspectives. Structurally, it has been divided into two sections. The first section introduces Sidhwa as a writer and this is followed by an exhaustive commentary on the novel by the editor. The second section contains scholarly articles by eminent critics on various aspects of the novel. It is hoped that the book shall be helpful to the students and scholars interested in understanding the various dimensions of this modern classic, Ice-Candy-Man.