The Razor's Edge tells the story of an American, Larry Darrell, who, traumatized by his experiences as a fighter pilot in World War I,
decides to search for some transcendant meaning in his life. The novel
tells its story through the eyes of Larry's friends and acquaintances
as they witness his personality change after the War. His rejection of
conventional life and search for meaningful experience allows him to
thrive while the more materialistic characters suffer reversals of
fortune. The book was twice adapted into film, first in 1946 starring Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney, and then a modern adaptation 1984 version starring Bill Murray, with Tibet replacing India as the place of Larry's enlightenment.