The Guide: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Aug 29, 2006 - Fiction - 224 pages
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Formerly India's most corrupt tourist guide, Raju-just released from prison- seeks refuge in an abandoned temple. Mistaken for a holy man, he plays the part and succeeds so well that God himself intervenes to put Raju's newfound sanctity to the test. Narayan's most celebrated novel, The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country's highest literary honor.


  

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Beautiful prose and Railway Raju is a great character. - Goodreads
The ending was unsatisfactory. - Goodreads
Great novel with a different mode of storytelling. - Goodreads
Rosy alias Nalini is the cutest depiction in the story. - Goodreads
As for the writing, I am overall impressed. - Goodreads
At the same time, very easy to read. - Goodreads

Review: The Guide

User Review  - Amit Kumar - Goodreads

Not the same as the movie. Though the movie Is based on the story, however, the movie is a more sober adaptation, especially the end. The book does not have any reference to the commune between Raju ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Muir - Goodreads

Light reading, fun in general. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene, who became a close friend, was often compared to that of Dickens, Chekhov, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, among others. October 10, 2006, is the centennial of Narayan's birth.


Michael Gorra is a professor of English at Smith College. His books include The Bells in Their Silence: Travels Through Germany and After Empire: Scott, Naipaul, Rushdie.

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