A Free Man

A Free Man

Book - 2012
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Like Dave Eggers's Zeitoun and Alexander Masters' Stuart, this is a tour de force of narrative reportage. Mohammed Ashraf studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an electrician 's apprentice; now he is a homeless day laborer in the heart of old Delhi. How did he end up this way? In an astonishing debut, Aman Sethi brings him and his indelible group of friends to life through their adventures and misfortunes in the Old Delhi Railway Station, the harrowing wards of a tuberculosis hospital, an illegal bar made of cardboard and plywood, and into Beggars Court and back onto the streets. In a time of global economic strain, this is an unforgettable evocation of persistence in the face of poverty in one of the world 's largest cities. Sethi recounts Ashraf 's surprising life story with wit, candor, and verve, and A Free Man becomes a moving story of the many ways a man can be free.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: 230 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780393088908
0393088901
Branch Call Number: 362.592 Moh

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ChristchurchLib Dec 12, 2012

"What is life like for India's working poor? Award-winning reporter Aman Sethi answers this question by painting a "darkly comical and imminently readable" (Booklist) picture of one man: charismatic, philosophising, and homeless house painter Mohammed Ashraf. Sethi hangs out with the middle-aged day labourer and a couple of his friends for months, listening to their stories, sharing drinks and joints, and learning about their lives on the streets. Readers who enjoyed journalist Katherine Boo's National Book Award-winning Behind the Beautiful Forevers, about residents of a Mumbai slum, may be interested in Sethi's "moving and irrepressible work of narrative reporting" (Publishers Weekly)." Armchair Travel December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=578249

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