A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi
A 2012 New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - snash - LibraryThing
The book describes the lives of day laborers in Delhi focusing primarily on one person but including many others. It presents a glimpse of Delhi and Indian life for the poor. It's description of a poor man determined be free and not beholden is universal. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bluepigeon - LibraryThing
Thank you Goodreads First Reads for this great book! At a point in my life when I feel tied down to a not-so-great job, desperately looking for a better one, or fantasizing about irrational ... Read full review