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Guide, The - R K Narayan Reviews

The best amongst classics

May 07, 2015 03:23 AM 1663 Views

The Guide is a 1958 novel written in English by the Indian author R. K. Narayan. Like most of his works the novel is based on Malgudi, the fictional town in South India. The novel describes the transformation of the protagonist, Raju, from a tour guide to a spiritual guide and then one of the gr...Read More

DESPRADO

New York City, United States of America


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!! MAN’S JOURNEY - FROM CORRUPTION TO SALVATION !!

Nov 29, 2013 03:41 AM 7230 Views

R. K. Narayan is one of the few authors I try to read every year, religiously. It’s been always a different experience to read RKN, no matter what work of his I lay my hands on. The simplicity of his style and essence of his writings is always there. Somehow I like the India penned by him more t...Read More

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~~~The Guide - Guardian and the Prodigal~~~

Aug 23, 2010 05:38 PM 17696 Views

With one book called 'Malgudy Days', RK Narayan became my favorite Indian English writer. (This includes the modern day writers.) When I got the opportunity to read his novel, 'The Guide' I am more than eager for two reasons. The first I want to see how a novel looks like from a person who write...Read More

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A fine read!

Nov 15, 2008 04:43 AM 7036 Views

I have had to read this book for my A level exams.I am proud to say that such an extraordinary writer remains so true to his identity when he writes books about Indians! The book is easy to follow and provides true insight into Raju's character without making him seem larger than life, but hi...Read More

Didn't like it

Feb 14, 2008 08:36 PM 7290 Views

The language is simple and pleasing, like other RK books. It is perhaps interesting also like other RK books, but it suffers from a major flaw, or at least that is what I think. The incidents and a few characters are COMPLETLY unconvincing and unbelievable.It literally kills one's interest wh...Read More

The misguided guide

Sep 30, 2005 05:04 PM 14359 Views

Technically, The Guide is an advance on the earlier novels: the present and the past are cunningly jumbled to produce an impression of suspense and anticipation. We begin with Raju’s release from prison and Velan’s recognition of a ‘Swami’ in him. The earlier history of R...Read More

A lovely reflective novel

Jan 23, 2005 08:27 PM 15818 Views

R K Narayan's novel The Guide is about a prisoner who has completed his jail term.The novel is written in the first person.The novel traces back to his childhood in which his favorite pastime was bookreading. His affair with a dancer which gets him fame and money but also throws him into jail. ...Read More

A Masterpiece

Aug 20, 2003 12:53 PM 12926 Views

R.K.Narayan has been best known for putting human emotions in words. In all his books one identifies with each and every character. In this book (which I believe is not as popular as the movie which was based on it) the author has taken us through the life of a child, a man and finally a guide w...Read More

Your guide to rise beyond ur level.

Jun 25, 2003 01:17 AM 12905 Views

Hey first things first.... Yesterday when I was checking through this site for this product I was shocked to c that this extraordinary book was not listed. I have suggested it and also have added a review along with it..but donno what happened the product is here but couldn't c my review. ...Read More


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