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He arrives in Bombay with little money, an assumed name, false papers, an untellable past, and no plans for the future. Fortunately, he meets Prabaker right away, a sweet, smiling man who is a street guide. He takes to Lin immediately, eventually introducing him to his home village, where they end up living for six months. When they return to Bombay, they take up residence in a sprawling illegal slum of 25,000 people and Linbaba becomes the resident "doctor." With a prison knowledge of first aid and whatever medicines he can cadge from doing trades with the local Mafia, he sets up a practice and is regarded as heaven-sent by these poor people who have nothing but illness, rat bites, dysentery, and anemia. He also meets Karla, an enigmatic Swiss-American woman, with whom he falls in love. Theirs is a complicated relationship, and Karlas connections are murky from the outset.
Roberts is not reluctant to wax poetic; in fact, some of his prose is downright embarrassing. Throughought the novel, however, all 944 pages of it, every single sentence rings true. He is a tough guy with a tender heart, one capable of what is judged criminal behavior, but a basically decent, intelligent man who would never intentionally hurt anyone, especially anyone he knew. He is a magnet for trouble, a soldier of fortune, a picaresque hero: the rascal who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. His story is irresistible. Stay tuned for the prequel and the sequel. --Valerie Ryan
Excellently written, interesting stories and characters.
This book is so well written, it is very thought provoking and full of amazingly described characters who you feel you know quite well as the story unfolds.
You read a really great book and, on coming to the end page, immediately want to find another book just as good to fill its place.
An incredible tale of one man's life, of lessons learned, regrets made and his journey through them both.mPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
the author is obviously a thug trying to convince us with a load of drivel that he is something better...a philesophical gangster who never killed anyone so he's OK?.... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Let me go please. I don't want to write more I want to read. Please let me go. Please pleasePublished 6 days ago by I don't want to review
Man of god ---- one really breathes what he feels... So explicit is the journey of this individual charged with love and hope yet inclusive of a criminal record and criminal... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Megan Kotzen :)Bethal, SA
Very well written, captures the soul of India in a great storyline. He makes you stop and think through life.Published 8 days ago by Lori S
Living in India at the moment, it was great to get a first hand perspective of life on the streets of Mumbai, I found some parts a bit unbelievable but enjoyed it overall!Published 8 days ago by Elizabeth Neilsen
The first chapters are explosions of light and sound, insightful and expressive. The literary roller coaster slows down as we move to to the second third, and clunks along by the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mikeinmotion
Words cannot express how deeply moved I was by this novel. This is not something I would normally pick up due to its subject matter and great length. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Valerie B.