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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.
Very interesting read about India. Never having been there, reading a true story, I felt that I was learning about the country.Published 14 hours ago by Lois Raitt
Yeah yeah, who am I to say that. But honestly, I just couldn't put it down and read it in a few days, and now recommend it to anyone asking for advice on good books to read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by gé
Liked it because it was action packed and kept my interest start to finish. However the main character was a bit hokey at times.Published 2 days ago by martin himmelfarb
Today I received the book ' Shatarman ' about 5 days early &wish to thank you.Published 4 days ago by Jesse w. Salazar
There is something so special about this book, I highlighted and bookmarked countless paragraphs, philosophies and pages in hopes of always being able to be inspired.Published 5 days ago by Brandy Ledford
I am not a big novel reader. But this novel is the best ever. When you start it you want to finish it in one read. Its a lovely trip into the Indian subcontinent.Published 5 days ago by samer darwiche
Full of adventure, reflection, and wonder. Experience part of the life of what society would classify as a criminal through their eyes. Read morePublished 8 days ago by michael g peaden