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Narcopolis (Paperback)
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Narcopolis (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 02/02/2012
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Wait now, light me up so we do this right, yes, hold me steady to the lamp, hold it, hold, good, a slow pull to start with, to draw the smoke low into the lungs, yes, oh my...Shuklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashid's opium room the air is thick with voices and ghosts: Hindu, Muslim, Christian. A young woman holds a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her eyes. Men sprawl and mutter in the gloom. Here, they say you introduce only your worst enemy to opium. There is an underworld whisper of a new terror: the Pathar Maar, the stone killer, whose victims are the nameless, invisible poor. In the broken city, there are too many to count. Stretching across three decades, with an interlude in Mao's China, it portrays a city in collision with itself. With a cast of pimps, pushers, poets, gangsters and eunuchs, it is a journey into a sprawling underworld written in electric and utterly original prose.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571275762

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“Stick with it”

Whilst a little difficult to get in to at first, Narcopolis is a good story, based in India and deriving itself on a drug culture.

The book constantly time shifts and is about a world completely unknown to me.... More

14th April 2012
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“Hazy, confusing but well worth the challenge!”

This is a rollercoaster, drug fuelled ride through the streets of Mumbai and not for the faint-hearted. Every aspect of the writing appears intent in drawing the reader into the drug-induced confusion that one assumes... More

21st January 2013
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I didn't enjoy this book at all and was glad to get to the end of it. It is set within a culture that I know nothing about and I don't feel I have any better understandinging of it now that I have finished... More

27th March 2012
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