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The Guide: A Novel (Penguin Classics) av R.…
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The Guide: A Novel (Penguin Classics) (urspr publ 1958; utgåvan 2006)

av R. K. Narayan (Författare)

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Formerly Indiaas most corrupt tourist guide, Rajuajust released from prisonaseeks refuge in an abandoned temple. Mistaken for a holy man, he plays the part and succeeds so well that God himself intervenes to put Rajuas newfound sanctity to the test. Narayanas most celebrated novel, "The Guide" won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his countryas highest literary honor.… (mer)
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Titel:The Guide: A Novel (Penguin Classics)
Författare:R. K. Narayan (Författare)
Info:Penguin Classics (2006), Edition: Revised, 224 pages
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R.K. Narayan is one of those rare writers who can make the personalities of his characters exude through the pages, without describing any of their physical features, and heck, even the environment around them.
You have no idea what year it is at any given moment, which places the novel takes place in, and how much time passes between the events. Indeed, Guide, like most of Narayan's work, is timeless - taking place in a time and era of his choosing, with the reader and the character both going through their motions dispassionately. Colonialism, the Partition, politics, sports - all of these might as well not exist for the protagonist, and I found myself liking the novel more and more as it went along.
For him, fate is more or less destined, and we are just Shakespeare's actors taking part in a play. Existentialism, absurdism, nihilism - all philosophies are toyed with and thrown out quickly and methodically. Raju makes his own beliefs, and labels are just that - labels.
I never said, "I don't know." Not in my nature, I suppose. If I were inclined to say, "I don't know what you're talking about," my life would have taken a different turn.
You would think that Raju would cynically utter them often reserved for nostalgic baby boomers. Still, Raju speaks them in a dispassionately passionate tone - one that is truly enlightened. He might be a fraudster, but he has the wisdom that actual saints would do well to learn.
The ambiguous ending and the misogyny that was never explicitly addressed made me not as absorbed in the novel as I wanted to be. Still, I can see the praise for Guide, and it is deserving of its status as one of the Indian classics. ( )
  SidKhanooja | Sep 1, 2023 |
As many have noted, R.K. Narayan wasn’t concerned with politics or stories revolving around grand historical movements, despite having lived in turbulent times over his life. Man, he sure does tell a good story though. In The Guide he masterfully interleaves two narratives of a young man’s life, one trying to make his way in the world as a tourist guide, and the other, after he’s been released from prison, being inadvertently taken as a holy man. Part of what makes the novel work is trying to see how these pieces of his life fit together.

We find the young man makes a name for himself but starts getting in over his head when he falls in love with the married wife of a cultural anthropologist traveling for research; she’s a “dancing girl.” Narayan may not write epics, but through these characters he subtly comments on class, ambition and corruption in India, and human nature in general. It may sound crazy to say it, but I think you can draw a straight line from Railway Raju, his protagonist, and Aravind Adiga’s Balram Halwai in The White Tiger, despite how much more explicit and wild the latter was. Loved Narayan’s little comedic touches, and it was pretty cool to learn that he wrote this book on his first trip abroad, in a residential hotel in Berkeley, California.

Just one quote:
“I’ve come to the conclusion that nothing in this world can be hidden or suppressed. All such attempts are like holding an umbrella to conceal the sun.” ( )
1 rösta gbill | Apr 4, 2023 |
This is a kind of sad book, about a guy who grew up living across the street from where they would one day build a railroad track and railway station. This caused his father's tiny little"store" to flourish, and his father was able to amass some wealth. Eventually getting a contract for a shop in the station, he did even more business, bringing his son into the railway shop to help him. This led to Raju little by little developing a tourist guide business. All very well, except that one day he contracted with a married couple to be their exclusive guide, and that's where all his downfall began. ( )
  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
Not an obvious read. The protagonist seems to go with a flow in his life which is decidedly not western. ( )
  adrianburke | Jul 14, 2021 |
3.5 stars. ( )
  AzuraScarlet | Aug 1, 2020 |
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Formerly Indiaas most corrupt tourist guide, Rajuajust released from prisonaseeks refuge in an abandoned temple. Mistaken for a holy man, he plays the part and succeeds so well that God himself intervenes to put Rajuas newfound sanctity to the test. Narayanas most celebrated novel, "The Guide" won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his countryas highest literary honor.

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