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The Guide: A Novel (Penguin Classics) Paperback – August 29, 2006
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About the Author
Michael Gorra is a professor of English at Smith College. His books include The Bells in Their Silence: Travels Through Germany and After Empire: Scott, Naipaul, Rushdie.
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Book is sublime. Raju the guide is very ordinary person but his story shows us how extra-ordinary one's life can become. Indeed it is one. One has to just discover it.
This book successfully treads the narrow space between tragedy and comedy, bringing lightness to an otherwise heavy theme.
Then comes the day when a special tourist arrives in Malgudi (Narayan's fictitious pet town situated in the South): he's a historian, a lover of old inscriptions and engravings. He wants Raju to take him to some caves in the mountains where archaeological treasures have to be surveyed. Along with him is Raju's destiny, in the form of his wife, Rosie. She's as different from him as Raju's quick practicality is from old stone inscriptions. The husband, called Marco by Raju (because of some connection with Marco Polo the discoverer) is a bespectaled intellectual who seems to drag his wife around like so much baggage. She's an educated young woman, but belonging to a caste of dancers which condemns her to accepting whatever her husband decides for her. Among which, no dance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a benchmark of excellence of Indian English Literature. A must read!Published 8 months ago by thakkarviral1
Michael Gorra in his introduction, regards Narayan as "easy to read, hard to understand". It is the story of a (dis)honest tourist guide who eventually sinks in a lookout... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Abhishek L
Great insight on human behaviour. Simple yet thought provoking. A must read.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed the story, writing style, and perspective of this story. An added bonus is that it is not available on Sparknotes, so my students will actually have to read the book in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Hedi A. Bingham
This is my second book by Narayan and I will go for more. His prose is so clear and straightforward, and the characters interesting and endearing.Published 20 months ago by Nola Figen
I think I've finally understood why this movie The Guide was always such a favorite.. besides it's fabulous sound-track and the exquisitely beautiful Waheeda Rehman of course. Read morePublished 20 months ago by N. Sankaran