The Guide

The Guide - R.K. Narayan, Michael Gorra I'm not at all sure how I "feel" about this book. I never felt exactly compelled by the story or the characters, though I became increasingly curious about where it would all end up. The protagonist is a very curious creature -- an almost purely selfish man (whose selfishness often disguises itself as selflessness) who ends up as a reluctant spiritual guide and would-be savior. Whether he grows at all as a person is, I think, an open question, and the course of his life is almost completely driven by external events. He somehow manages to be fascinating and despicably dull all at once, and I can't quite figure out why I never just gave him up in disgust. I suppose the fact that I didn't speaks as much to Narayan's abilities as does anything else.