Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a modern classic tale of a young man who defies all odds to garner honor upon him. The White Man arrives and life is thrown off-balance. He can only hurtle towards tragedy. Set in the African continent: it talks of the Ibo people and their struggles.
The novel explores the life of the Paraja tribe in the Koraput District in Orissa. It deals with the exploitation of the tribal and their land at the hands of the moneylenders and the people in power. The ruthless system of oppression destroys and completely ruins many tribal peasants.
The Binding Vine by Shashi Deshpande has the epigraph “ What were the use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here?” These lines taken from the book Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte give us a glimpse into the lives of Urmi the narrator of The Binding Vine and the rest of the women characters who are bound to a life and society, which conforms a woman to certain roles.
The Company of Women is a story of a man who is probably going through a mid-life crisis. Who wants to regain some freedom in a society that is a peep-show for all.