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The Guide Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Guide

The Guide is a novel by Indian author R.K. Narayan set in the fictional town of Malgudi, South India. The novel was published in 1958 and follows the life of a man, Raju, as he slowly becomes one of the most famous holy men in India. Through the use of flashbacks, we learn that Raju starts first as a shopkeeper and then as a tour guide in his hometown of Malgudi. There, he meets a mistreated married woman, Rosie, and the two begin an affair. Raju helps Rosie to establish her a career as a dancer; as her manager, he guides her into prominence, but he becomes more controlling of her in the process. He soon ends up in jail because of his materialism and greedy actions. Upon his release,...

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