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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.
My favorite character was the bear.
He could have really had a great book if the editors had the guts to slash about half of it.l
Awesome story. The writing was fantastic, I loved his view of life and his mode of description. I was wishing it was a longer book and did not want to reach the end. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Ol' BD
Second time writing this novel and I loved it just as much. A must read.........Published 2 days ago by pamela harring
This is one of the best novels I've ever had the pleasure of coming across. There is so much beautiful truth and wisdom in the authors words. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rema
I read this book in between book club assignments but when I picked it up to continue I was immediately engrossed, yet again, with this fascinatingTRUE story. Read morePublished 2 days ago by pj's mommy
A must read if you've been to, or plan to visit India. This is the seedy side of Mumbai you think about as you wander the streets bursting with people, sounds and smells. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tom Ady
A warm and wonderful offering of insight into human nature, forgiveness, acceptance, and grace. With humor and wisdom, Roberts managed to take me through war, prostitution,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Marcia