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
The plot unfolds simply, naturally. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Bruin - Goodreads

In The Guide, Narayan wields absolute mastery over rhythm and rhyme. The story is told so deftly in language so beautiful, it takes one's breath away. How Raju, the son of a railway shopkeeper, ends ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

The Guide by RK Narayan follows the troubled life of Raju, a former corrupt tour guide. When a peasant from the nearby town of Malgudi mistakes Raju as a holy man, he reluctantly accepts the role in ... Read full review

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