ISBN 9780143039648,The Guide

The Guide



Penguin Books

Publication Year 2006

ISBN 9780143039648

ISBN-10 0143039644


Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)


The Guide, set in Malgudi, the fictitious town in South India, begins as a comedic look into the life of a rogue, but evolves into something quite different. This is the story of Raju, an ordinary middle class man in South India, who vicariously rose to the height of fame, had a plunging fall, then again rose up like the phoenix to become a swamiji, a demi-god. In the middle of the story is a flashback to Raju's life prior to being incarcerated. He is a tourist guide and he cheats his customers. Then comes his love affair with a dancer Rosie, who is married to Marco. Marco ridicules her dancing constantly. Rosie falls in love with Raju because he supports her passion and they live together, after which she becomes a star. Raju lives on her money and gets involved in a crime that leads to his imprisonment. One could empathise with Rosie whose passion is dancing, and who has the misfortune of falling in love with men who do not appreciate her. Despite leaving Marco for Raju and becoming famous, she still keeps the picture of her husband Marco in her wallet. Thus one can see that Raju, the central character in this novel, is a guide in several respects, a tourist guide, a guide to his lover's new career as a dancer, a guide to the inmates in the prison where he serves, and finally and most significantly, a spiritual guide.

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