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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.
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It's almost a roller coaster ride of emotions, treachery, barbarism and honesty at the same time. After spending 14 years in Mumbai in and around Colaba this book has been able to... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Nimesh
I read this book in a week when on vacation and can honestly say that it is my second favorite book after Moby Dick. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Jack Malinowski
I read quite a bit and this is my favorite book of all-time. It's great on multiple levels. Some people will like it just for being an epic and having a good amount of action, but... Read morePublished 1 day ago by JM
A beautifully painted masterpiece, a bit drawn out, but worth every last second. I highly highly highly recommend this book, especially if you have been or are going to India.Published 3 days ago by Amy L.
One of those books that are just hard to put down again. I believed it was a true story until 75 % into the book when I decided to investigate the background of the book a bit, and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Peter Weiss Hansen
Good concept. Some parts are great reading, unfortunately most is to over the top grandiose. Part novel, mostly philosophical babble. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer