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
my sallaybus make me read this amazing indian writer - Goodreads
Enchanting and endearing storytelling. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Akanksha Chaudhary - Goodreads

There was nothing particularly bad about the book, but nothing absolutely great either, except you could say the way it ended. The story was engaging, and the language was simple. It was though a ... Read full review

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The most progressive work of literature that has come out of the country. Read full review

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