The Guide: A Novel (Penguin Classics)

By R. K. Narayan

For the centennial of his beginning, R. okay. Narayan's so much celebrated novel

Formerly India's such a lot corrupt vacationer consultant, Raju—just published from prison—seeks safe haven in an deserted temple. incorrect for a holy guy, he performs the half and succeeds so good that God himself intervenes to place Raju's newfound sanctity to the try. Narayan's such a lot celebrated novel, The Guide gained him the nationwide Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country's maximum literary honor.

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