The Guide by R.K. Narayan

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.

About the Author

R.K. Narayan is one of the most prominent Indian novelists of the twentieth century. Born in 1906, Narayan was the recipient of the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, India’s highest literary honor. His numerous works Mr. Sampath – The Printer of Malgudi, Swami and Friends, Waiting for Mahatma and Gods, Demons and Others, all published by the University of Chicago Press.
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