The Guide

The Guide

A Novel

Introduction by:

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143039648
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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.

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The Guide

The Guide

R. K. Narayan, Introduction by: Michael Gorra

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