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Riverhead Books, Apr 5, 2004 - Fiction - 455 pages
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Joshua King has more reasons than most young writers to produce that Great First Novel-and they're sitting in his father's bank account. Before dying of a tragic Viagra overdose, Josh's father put a stipulation in his will: Josh cannot claim his fortune unless he writes a bestselling novel in the next five years. The last thing Josh wants is a purpose in life: he's far too busy traveling, taking drugs, and growing his hair. He's very uncomfortably ensconced in a dirty Delhi flophouse, but it's the perfect place to meet drifters and druggies, users and seekers-the kind of people who know how to find Baba.

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User Review  - Jonny Cox - Goodreads

I quite enjoyed this book as it is easy to read and mildly exciting in places. However, the plot is loose and meanders a little and I felt a bit non-plussed at the end; not sure what the point was. Not on the priority list to read. Read full review

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User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

Flat characters I felt nothing for, disgusting romanticizing of India, a plot that took forever to come around to climax (and then, could have been ironed out a bit more)... don't waste your time ... Read full review

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Every writer dreams of producing a literary work that defines his or her generation. For J.D. Salinger, it was "The Catcher in the Rye"; for Alex Garland, "The Beach," But for Will Rhode, it's, well, something like "The Beach"-but different. Born in London, Rhode has worked for Reuters in India, made films in Thailand, and wrote financial journalism in Hong Kong. Moving to New York City with his wife and son, he worked as the editor of "Risk," a financial magazine, until he worked up the courage to quit and write a paperback original.