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The Guide by R.K. Narayan
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Feb 02, 09

Read in February, 2009

It's always seemed apt to me that Graham Greene was who brought Narayan to Western readers. Narayan's plots are Greene-esque in their straightforwardnes, while his characters stripped down to elemental flaws and wants. You can learn a lot about writing from these fellahs. Can we call this British noir? Narayan is almost Chandlerish too, though, with his outrageously and hilarious (on purpose of course) mis-apt metaphors--his style seems to borrow the best from pulp. In The Guide it's on display best, with a simple and sustained plot yet with a bit more depth and involvement, to my view, than the shorter Malgudi works.

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