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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 very interesting book. I loved the way Roberts depicted each character, especially Prabaker and his delightful way of expressing everything. Each person became real in my mind. Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Jean Marr
This is one of the most amazing books that I've read so far. The characters are very alive and inspiring. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Ali Shifan
One of the best books I have ever read. The complexities of the philosophies juxtaposed against the realities of the lives and the ability of the people to find joy in their... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jackson L Hanson
This a looong great book. I'm not much of a leisure reader, but loved it.Published 1 day ago by Marty Z
Fun, interesting book but the author's constant descriptions were tired and became cumbersome over time. This book could have been shortened by 500 pages.Published 1 day ago by David Deutsch
I thought the book was really catchy in the beginning, but after I had red half the book I lost totally interest. I've not managed to finish the book, it got too boring halfway.Published 2 days ago by Ann-Kristin Hauge Cheyne
Wow what a read, one of those books that should be a classic. I could not put it down. The best book I have ever read.Published 2 days ago by Sandi Edge
The story of Bombay and descriptions of the city are fine; his descriptions of people and his poor attempts at Raymond Chandler prose are over the top, and the long-winded... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Degasgirl