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Shantaram It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappearAccompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhereAs a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people The first is Khader Khan mafia godfather, criminal philosopher saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City The second is Karla elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible powerBurning slums and five star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature


About the Author: Gregory David Roberts

Gregory David Roberts is an Australian author, most noted for his novel Shantaram He was a heroin addict and convicted bank robber who escaped from Pentridge Prison and fled to India where he lived for ten years.Roberts lived in Melbourne, Germany and France, and finally returned to Mumbai, where he set up charitable foundations to assist the city s poor with health care coverage Roberts was reunited with his daughter.He also wrote the original screenplay for the movie adaptation of Shantaram 2011 as well as the screenplay for the 2008 film Allegra, which is about the modern slave trade of women.His new novel, The Mountain Shadow, continues the story of Shantaram and was published in October 2015.http us.macmillan.com author gregor



10 thoughts on “Shantaram

  1. says:

    Like Marmite, or Vegemite another Australian export you either loved this book or hated it I hated it I really, really hated it It was a waste of my life enduring five chapters of this egotistical drivel by someone who thought their life was 933 pages worth of importance He was an escaped convict from an Australian prison and I bet his fellow prisoners and warders must have sighed with relief to no longer be victims of this self righteous man s endless burble of cod philosophy, deep in Like Marmite,


  2. says:

    My god What an incredible load of drivel this is Though there is room in the world for large stories largely told, Gregory David Roberts self aggrandazing pseudo autobiography teems with ludicrously bad prose, characters so flat I d like to use them to keep water off my bathroom floor, dimwitted philosophy, and self love I quite literally had to stop reading from embarassment at the sex scenes my body was her chariot and she rode me into the sun ye gods , and repeatedly found myself sayi My god What an inc


  3. says:

    I managed 200 pages of this utter drivel before giving up completely Poorly written nonsense which is gathering critical acclaim from people who probably read one book a year At one point during a scene when the narrator is looking at a river he ACTUALLY writes I was thinking of another river A river that runs through all of us The river of the heart I do not have time in my life for this sub Danielle Steel horseshit.EDIT About ten years on I still keep getting activity on this revie I managed 200 pages of this u


  4. says:

    There s enough reviews on this book I m not going to summarize it again I love this book, and yes it s massive but I think I ve read it 3 times It s not perfect but the parts that are great make up for the wobbly bits I thought I d throw in some of the lines I liked The world and I are not on speaking terms, Karla said to me once in those early months The world keeps trying to win me back, she said, but it doesn t work I guess I m just not the forgiving type If you want to curdle the There s enough reviews on this book


  5. says:

    I moved this from my currently reading shelf to my read shelf because there is no I gave up on this piece of crap shelf 600 pages into it, I had to set myself free by throwing it in the toilet No, seriously, I threw it in the toilet Then I had to fish it out and clean the deluge of toilet water all over the place created by this tremendously large and heavy piece of crap book This book makes me angry because I will never get that 600 pages of my life back I could have been doing somet I moved this from my currently reading she


  6. says:

    This is possibly the best book I ve ever read It was given to me by a friend of mine who loved it, and said that before she read it she had no desire to go to India, but after having read it she couldn t wait to go.This book is over 900 pages, so I found it a little challenging to start b c I didn t want to carry it around with me to read on the bus too bulky and I was so tired each night that I couldn t readthan a page or two But I finally got a chance to read a small chunk of it in o This is possibly the best book I ve ever read It


  7. says:

    If I met the protagonist, Linbaba, in the flesh, I d, well, I d beg my meatiest friend to rough him up Repeatedly Lin s adventures in Bombay are apparently based on humble author Gregory David Roberts s exploits playing savior and mafiosi there while in hiding after a daring escape from an Australian prison thanks for a fellow goodreader for correcting me I had previously written New Zealand LinBaba becomes irksome and tiresome after Part 1, repeatedly offering little nuggets of pseudowi If I met the protagonist, Linbaba, in the flesh, I d,


  8. says:

    The way Roberts describes Indians in this book is like a series of bad caricatures I cringed terribly There is the over friendly and smiling, trusting, barbaric, not very clever, poor Prabaker I HATED the way he wrote Prabaker s English It made him sound like a racist Disney character or like the golum from LOTR to the cool and smooth Iranian gangster if you like ridiculous Bollywood movies, this is the book for you In typical fashion, the white guy is the hero of nearly every scene, The way Roberts describes Indians in this book is like a series


  9. says:

    Returning to read Gregory David Roberts epic novel again, I found myself drawn to the complexities and nuances embedded throughout the text As the novel opens, the reader is introduced to Lin, a man who has escaped his Australian jail and arrives in Bombay, hoping to hide in India s vast populace Early on, Lin is forced to realise that India is a beast unlike any other culturally, racially, and economically It is, however, home to many who have the same idea, hiding from their criminal past Returning to read Gregory David Roberts epic novel again, I foun


  10. says:

    This is an awful book Awful Full of beginners grade philosophy that we re meant to think is profound, and horrible pretentious characters who talk like actors in a Victorian stage play, and dreadful over embellished prose that litters every single ghastly page I say every page Perhaps it s not true, because I didn t read the final 90% of the book I gave up the minute I reached the following quote My eyes were lost swimming floating free in the shimmering lagoon of her steady even stare He This is an awful book Awful Full of beginners grade philosophy that we re


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