The Guide by R.K. Narayan is a 1958 novel. Like most of Narayan’s works, the novel is based on Malgudi, the fictional town in South India. The Guide was later made into a famous Bollywood movie of the same name.
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More by chance than skill, he seduces her away from her husband, a lonely writer who is obsessed with local rock-carvings and transforms her into a celebrity courted by wealthy and influential dignitaries wherever she performs. Raju makes and loses a fortune, finds himself in jail, and — through a series of hilarious, ironic circumstances — becomes one of India’s great holy men. The history of his success and unexpected fame has all the excitement of a suspense story, told with Narayan’s customary tolerance and delightful humour. At the same time, it raises many profound and disturbing questions.
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