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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.
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.
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 12 hours 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 13 hours 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 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Wow! What a life Gregory David Roberts have lived, and after reading this book I feel like I quasi lived that life too. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tom Sullivan