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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
this is a terrific read...full of passion and a story, if believed, to really inspire...read it a while back and still love it...Published 2 days ago by George Sand
One of my favorite reads ever. I keep thinking about the people, culture and plot. Amazing book and worth the length.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am an avid reader, and I rate this amazing story in my top 5 books of all time, vying for the number one position. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kathleen Leder
This is beautiful and epic tale of a good guy/bad guy, in love with a vibrant city that mirrors his inner turmoil. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Adrienne
I related to this book and Greg Roberts style of writing. The compassion and the tough guy all
rolled into one is a down under trait.
Fascinating, adventurous, descriptive and thoroughly enjoyable!Published 10 days ago by Joanne Anderson
This book influenced me to such a degree that I seriously considered living in India for a while.
One of the top five novels ever read. Read more