Guide, The (Modern Classics)

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Penguin Books India, Dec 1, 2010 - 224 pages
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‘The best of R.K. Narayan’s enchanting novels’—The New Yorker

Raju, a corrupt tourist guide, together with his lover, the dancer Rosie, leads a prosperous life before he is thrown into prison. After release he rests on the steps of an abandoned temple when a peasant passing by mistakes him for a holy man. Slowly, almost reluctantly, he begins to play the part, acting as a spiritual guide to the village community. Raju’s holiness is put to the test when a drought strikes the village, and he is asked to fast for twelve days to summon the rains.

Set in Narayan’s fictional town, Malgudi, The Guide is the greatest of his comedies of self-deception.

‘A brilliant accomplishment … Narayan is the compassionate man who can write of human life as comedy’—The New York Times Book Review

‘Narayan is such a natural writer, so true to his experience and emotions’—V.S. Naipaul


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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
RK Narayan had come up with a terrific plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Swarnima - Goodreads

Raju in search for solace and meaning finds truth in a divine lie that he lives. The story starts on an ordinary notes but ends with a deep clinging thought for the mind that forces one to think about the extraordinary one can do in a lifetime. An engrossing reading experience. Read full review

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User Review  - Anvesh - Goodreads

Transformation of a corrupt tourist guide into an austere saint. consists of many unexpected twists and turns. Read full review

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