By R. K. Narayan
A venerable tiger, outdated and toothless now, seems to be again over his lifestyles from cubhood and early days roaming wild within the Indian jungle. Trapped right into a depressing circus occupation as 'Raja the magnificent', he's then offered into movies (co-starring with a beefy Tarzan in a leopard epidermis) until eventually, discovering the human global too brutish and bewildering, he makes a dramatic bid for freedom.
R.K. Narayan's tale combines Hindu mysticism with ripe Malgudi comedy, viewing human absurdities throughout the eyes of a wild animal and revealing how, rather by surprise, Raja reveals candy companionship and peace.
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A Tiger for Malgudi (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) by R. K. Narayan