The Guide: A Novel
For the centennial of his birth, R. K. Narayan's most celebrated novel
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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
What people are saying - Write a review
Other editions - View all
arrived asked brought cave coffee course cried crowd dance dhoti door everything eyes face father feet Gaffur gave girl gone Graham Greene head hour husband India keep kitchen knew laughed lawyer leave listened looked Madras Malgudi Malgudi Days Marco mind morning mother Nalini Narayan never night one’s Painter of Signs Pankaj Mishra Peak House picked pillared hall platform pyol R. K. Narayan railway railway platform rain Raju felt Raju’s Ramayana replied river Rosie Rosie’s rupees Sarayu seat seemed sitting sleep someone sort spoke stay steps stood suddenly Swami Swami and Friends talk tell temple things thought told tomorrow took town train tree turned uncle V. S. Naipaul Velan village waited walk watch whispered wife wondered words