The Guide Book ReviewGuidebook Review
This is a guide for young critics. Well, I totally agree with G. Young's criticism. This play was introduced in the William Goldman book The Season:
R.K. Narayan's leader
R.K. Narayan (1906-2001) is uncommon among Hindi writers who write in English in so far as he has remained satisfied in his home land and seldom ventures abroad. One of his most interesting novels, The Guide begins with a funny look at a villain's lifestyle, but turns into something completely different.
Narayan is not a pious Hindu and reproached the Westerners for falsely assuming that all Indians are profoundly spiritually oriented; but it is also the truth that he was profoundly moved by some experience he had with a psychic after the abrupt demise of his young woman (described in The English Teacher of 1945).
Mr Narayan has explained that the unwilling saint's incidence was due to a genuine occurrence of which he was reading in the Newspapers. India's most corrupt travel guide, Raju - just out of jail - is seeking shelter in an deserted cemetery. Confused with a sacred man, he is playing the role and doing so well that God himself is intervening to test Raju's newly found holiness.
Narayan's most famous novel, The Guide, received the National Prize of the Indian Literature Academy, the highest award in his state.
So what's your review of The Guide by R K Narayan?
Well, my review of the novel. This guide is pretty good. It' s incredibly easy to write, but fiction is very complicated. Schooldays in Malgudi (with Swami, Mani, Rajam) are easy, but living in Malgudi is very compl... One of my friends said of the Malgudi Days: "And the typing is reallylative - it's as easy as Rushdie is complicated, but I dare to say that the first is much, much more complicated than the second.
He enters his father's store (which has a store near the Malgudi train station) because it takes him away from the college he detests. He' s probably not very sincere, but the deal is booming and he becomes known as Rollway Ramaju. Your man wants to read some cavern painting and is carrying Rosie around with him as if she doesn't play a role.
She is thrilled by her beautiful ness and her dances. Rajus train shop begins to lose cash. Later, Rosie comes and she' s living with Rosie. Rosie begins Rosie on scene and deserves well with her dances. Soon they begin to worship him and he becomes their guide, so to speak. But, um, roju, he just goes with the current.
Was it Raju or is it Rosie who encouraged the other one? Raju's demise begins somehow. Gaffur, Raju's cabboyfriend, alerts him and asks him to get away from Rosie and thus serves as a sound of reason/conscience. It is really complex that we as Raju read probably see signs of self-deception in Raju's history; but for Raju and most of the times even for us as Raju read, Raju just seems to have taken away his grip on his world.
It' a string of poor decisions that are getting roju in a jam. Will your strength go to your senses, your consciousness away from you when you make a poor decision or disregard the voices of rational? But it' s a question of how much he seems to be conscious of his demise and yet is not conscious in another contexts.
Not much care was taken in this - when I read the novel and wrote this review. I' m generally going with the history and my grasp of it. I see this inconsistency, however, in the fact that I have not analysed the book much. It can mean that Ramju is a tourist helper, spirit guide or anything else.
How can someone who guides others get thus wasted? Typing, storytelling, flow patterns and other facets of novelism are, as you would expect, easy and great. The true cause why I didn't see the film is that I like the tunes and I fear that the filming could contaminate the music.
Anyway, for now, don't worry about nav-vari sati or the lunar dances, I can't make a link between the book and the film because I haven't seen the film. Can' t judge the book in relation to the film. However, in its own right, the book is very recommendable.