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Glocal Colloquies For publication details, please visit: tvnovellas.info All About H. Hatterr – Desani's 'Novel Gesture' Chaudhury. ALL ABOUT H. HATTERR. GOVINDAS VISHNOODAS DESANI (–) was born to Indian parents in Nairobi, Kenya, and raised in Sind. All about H. Hatterr by G. V. Desani, , Penguin edition, in English - Rev. ed.
Nov 06, Pages download. Nov 06, Pages. Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All About H. Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and strangely absorbing works modern English has produced. Hatterr is the son of a European merchant officer and a lady from Penang who has been raised and educated in missionary schools in Calcutta. It is not pure English; it is like Shakespeare, Joyce, and Kipling, gloriously impure.
XI Language The most consistent source of ambiguity and hilarity however, is the language deployed in this novel gesture.
Nevertheless, Mr H. Hatterr, ahead of us is Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble!
I am not a sob-sister, but, excuse me, the situation reminds me of Hamlet. To be! But firstly, let us be calm, honest Iago The hedonistic hybridity of usage and expression sampled towards the close of Chapter V will provide aninkling, To hell with Reason! To hell with judging! After the evidence of human cussedness as provided by the Mysore plaintiff, and the blind ambition of man as symbolized by the kid Always-Happy, I have no opinions, I am beaten, and I just accept all this phenomena, this diamond-cut-diamond game, this human horse-play, all this topsy-turvism, as Life, as contrast.
Wherefore, pious brethren, by confessing I lie, yoiks!
I tell the truth, sort of topholy trumpeting-it, by the Pharisee G. Chakrabarti, Piyas. Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory.
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New Delhi. Khair, Tabish. Mahajan, Karan. McCutcheon, Elizabeth. Sylvester and G. Essential Articles for the Study of Thomas More. Hamden, Connecticut: Archon Books, News from the RepublicofLetters. January Rushdie, Salman. The Vintage Book of Indian Writing: London: Vintage, Slade, Benjamin. Shamsie, Muneeza. Smith, Eric D. Desani's All About H. Trivedi, Harish. But successful forays into slang or, even further, dialect English, are rarely interesting to fluent English speakers unless they are carefully controlled -- by a writer who is quite confident and of course competent in the language.
The writer may have a memory of learning English, but he or she cannot still be learning English at the time of the writing of the novel. So did Desani. Hatterr is a thoroughly self-conscious and finely controlled performance.
As for the arbitrary choice of words and constructions you mentioned. Not intended by me to invite analysis.
They are there because, I think, they are natural to H. But, Madam!
Whoever asked a cultivated mind such as yours to submit your intellectual acumen or emotions to this H. Hatterr mind? Suppose you quote me as saying, the book's simple laughing matter?
Jot this down, too. I never was involved in the struggle for newer forms of expression, Neo-morality, or any such thing! What do you take me for? A busybody? In short, Desani is saying, I'm really not trying to do anything fancy with all this Hatterr-speak. And why waste your intellectual acumen with my crazy little book?
And no, I'm no modernist, not like you: In the midst of this evasive self-acquittal is a seeming grammatical slip: It's possibly an Indianism intentionally inserted , but the missing "a" makes meaning-making little bit slippery. Most obvious reading is self-deprecation It is what may be termed Whole Language, in which philosophical terms, the colloquialisms of Calcutta and London , Shakespeareian archaisms, bazaar whinings, quack spiels, references to the Hindu pantheon, the jargon of Indian litigation, and shrill babu irritability seethe together.
It is not pure English; it is, like the English of Shakespeare, Joyce and Kipling , gloriously impure. Actually, it's not that obscure -- certainly not as difficult as Ulysses and not even on the same astral plane as Finnegans Wake.
Moreover, the obscurity is generally literary, not linguistic. In the first or so pages of the novel, I counted a total of ten Hindi words in the text. And most of those are ' Hobson-Jobson ' words like topi hat , which would have been readily familiar to readers in It's not that such writing can't produce interesting effects. But successful forays into slang or, even further, dialect English, are rarely interesting to fluent English speakers unless they are carefully controlled -- by a writer who is quite confident and of course competent in the language.
The writer may have a memory of learning English, but he or she cannot still be learning English at the time of the writing of the novel. So did Desani. The mad English of All About H. Hatterr is a thoroughly self-conscious and finely controlled performance. In the "All About