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Publisher's Summary

A riveting, suspenseful and exuberant novel from the best-selling, Booker Prize-winning author of The White Tiger about a young illegal immigrant who must decide whether to report crucial information about a murder - and risk deportation.

Danny - Dhananjaya Rajaratnam - is an illegal immigrant in Sydney, denied refugee status after he has fled from his native Sri Lanka. Working as a cleaner, living out of a grocery storeroom, for three years he’s been trying to create a new identity for himself. And now, with his beloved vegan girlfriend, Sonja, with his hidden accent and highlights in his hair, he is as close as he has ever come to living a normal Australian life.

But then one morning, Danny learns a female client of his has been murdered. When Danny recognises a jacket left at the murder scene, he believes it belongs to another of his clients - a doctor with whom he knows the woman was having an affair.

Suddenly Danny is confronted with a choice: come forward with his knowledge about the crime and risk being deported, or say nothing, and let justice go undone? Over the course of a single day, evaluating the weight of his past, his dreams for the future, and the unpredictable, often absurd reality of living invisibly and undocumented, he must wrestle with his conscience and decide if a person without rights still has responsibilities.

Propulsive, insightful, and full of Aravind Adiga’s signature wit and magic, Amnesty is both a timeless moral struggle and a universal story with particular urgency today.

©2020 Aravind Adiga (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"Adiga is a real writer – that is to say, someone who forges an original voice and vision." (Sunday Times)

"The most exciting novelist writing in English today." (A. N. Wilson)

"[Adiga] is not merely a confident storyteller but also a thinker, a skeptic, a wily entertainer, a thorn in the side of orthodoxy and can't...Adiga...displays what might be his greatest gifts as a postcolonial novelist: His strong sense of how the world actually works, and his ability to climb inside the minds of characters from vastly different social strata." (New York Times

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Seemingly an interesting story

Seemingly engaging insofar as skin colour and provenance determines various forms of visibility, validity, option and course.. There's more to this and while listening, I'm drawn to consider and reflect on the experiences of people precariously existing and firmly situated with the various economic levels of hell also known as Sydney, Melbourne, and to a lesser but no less parlous state, Brisbane et al..
I could only listen to this audiobook-text so far.
There are only only so many times a writer can make, apply, labour and belabour a discrete series of observations which eventually become less pert, useful, inviting and pertinent..
The impression here is one of repetition and tiring emphasis..
Enough already, move along.
Initial interest results in tedious effort.

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tedious, repetitive

gave it 3 Stats as I did isten to the whole thing, during a few nightly walks. gave insight into the lot of an "illegal" in Sydney - would have been an ok short story but dragged out to be book length...no money in short stories I guess. Bought it after reading positive review in Washington Post, so others may get more out of it.

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  • 16-01-2021

Not Adiga's best

Having really enjoyed previous book by AA I had high hopes for this one, the subject of which drew me in. Sadly I found the book slow and the resolution of the central dilemma, when it finally comes, seems like the author was as fed up with the prevarications as I was!

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  • The wandering fairy
  • 20-10-2020

Aravind Adiga does it again

Comedic engaging story telling at it's best. Adiga once again manages to transform an emotive subject from a distant concept to a relatable dilemma. Loved every minute of it, especially Danny's sound effects.

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  • 07-10-2020

gripping, unique ,

an original story based on facts , a dilemma with very scary consequences. loved it

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