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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.
full of potential, wonderful setting and description. the writing just was wanting...have picked it up and put it down numerous times, and still cant get it finished. i quit.Published 1 day ago by julirug
This book was somewhat tedious for me to read. What I liked most about this book was the author's use of dialect for a lot of the characters which endears you to them. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bonnie S. Kenk
One of the best books I've read in quite a while. Poetically written, wonderfully insightful.Published 4 days ago by Randy Fox
A well written book. Takes the reader into the heart of slum life and insightful experiences that could be had in India. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Tania Conceicao
Excellent novel- great characters- interesting back story about Indian culturePublished 6 days ago by Preston B. Ray III