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Author: Gregory David Roberts
ISBN: 0349117543
Language: English
Pages: 944 pages
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Time Warner Books Uk (March 2005)
Rating: 4.7
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Printed in the United States of America. Roberts, Gregory David.

Printed in the United States of America. For information, address St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. 10010. Shantaram : a novel, Gregory David Roberts. ed. p. cm. ISBN 0-312-33052-9.

Shantaram is a 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts, in which a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict escapes from Pentridge Prison and flees to India. The novel is commended by many for its vivid portrayal of tumultuous life in Bombay. The novel is reportedly influenced by real events in the life of the author, though some claims made by Roberts are contested by others involved in the story.

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Shantaram Gregory David Roberts INDEX:Book Jacket InformationPraise for Shantaram PART PART PART PART PART ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS regory David RobertsBook Jacket Information: Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, GregoryDavid Roberts. Part part part part part acknowledgements. Gregory David Roberts. Book Jacket Information: Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory.

Returning to read Gregory David Roberts' epic novel again, I found myself drawn to the complexities and nuances embedded throughout the text

Returning to read Gregory David Roberts' epic novel again, I found myself drawn to the complexities and nuances embedded throughout the text. Early on, Lin is forced to realise that India is a beast unlike any other; culturally, racially, and economically.

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Shantaram book series is written by Gregory David Roberts and consists of two books ( Shantaram and The . Both books are narrated by Lin, an escaped convict from security prison in Australia, who gets a false passport and disappears in the streets of some city in Mumbai

Shantaram book series is written by Gregory David Roberts and consists of two books ( Shantaram and The Mountain Shadow ). The story-line of the book series was influenced by the author’s personal experience. Although, some parts of the novel are definitely based on Roberts' known biography, while the rest are impossible to verify. Both books are narrated by Lin, an escaped convict from security prison in Australia, who gets a false passport and disappears in the streets of some city in Mumbai. Now his aim is to find love and meaning of his life.

Shantaram Gregory David Roberts INDEX: Book Jacket Information Praise for Shantaram PART PART PART PART PART ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Disclaimer Shantaram Gregory David Roberts Book Jacket Information: Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. INDEX: Book Jacket Information. Praise for Shantaram.

In 1978, gifted student and writer Greg Roberts turned to heroin when his marriage collapsed, feeding his addiction with a string of robberies. Caught and convicted, he was given a nineteen-year sentence. After two years, he escaped from a maximum-security prison, spending the next ten years on the run as Australia's most wanted man. Hiding in Bombay, he established a medical clinic for slum-dwellers, worked in the Bollywood film industry and served time in the notorious Arthur Road prison. He was recruited by one of the most charismatic branches of the Bombay mafia for whom he worked as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler, and fought alongside a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. His debut novel, SHANTARAM, is based on this ten-year period of his life in Bombay. The result is an epic tale of slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films. A gripping adventure story, SHANTARAM is also a superbly written meditation on good and evil and an authentic evocation of Bombay life.
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The books plot, twists, and pace would make a great book in itself but it would have to be shorter. It is over 900 pages. What caught me is without trying to shove it down your throat is the Author's love of people. Good, bad, ugly, beautiful, extremely poor, extremely rich, strange, and even straight out hell types of people. The author and main character who who portrays himself as no pillar of society seems to have an intense love of humans and human nature. Not only are the characters and what they do complex but no matter how deep or shallow they are in crime ranging from petty scammers to murderers and even torturers, in by far most cases he pulls the good out of them and demonstrates that even though people get themselves in these situations regularly, that we consider heinous crimes, there is actually good in them that may be hidden deep but is in every human being.

It not only did its job of entertaining, but got me to thinking philosophically about people when I was not reading it. Anybody that knows me would not consider me a philosophical thinker. That is why I rated the mood as thoughtful though it works up to to being every bit as much suspenseful. It is an incredible book that starts out interesting and moved on to the point where if I could manage to put it down by midnight I couldn't wait to get myself back to reading it. I read the book twice. After the first time I went to Southeast Asia, not including India which is the setting of the book, but once to Thailand and twice to Nepal. I really enjoyed the people and some of them could make me laugh harder than I ever have in my life. But they were always trying to pull petty scams. Then when I got back from my third trip I read Shantaram the second time and it put things into perspective. They assume we are all rich while the poorest of them live in plywood and cardboard houses with plastic scraps held down by rocks for a roof. So what is it for the Americans who likely paid over 2K Just to get there and back to get suckered in a petty scam. I thought about my loss of $60.00 to a scam and it seemed more ignorance on my part than a crime on their part and just learned to be more prepared and knowledgeable the next time I bought something. I really liked them other than having to be wary of the scam at any time. But that was all part of the some of the best experiences i had in my life. In addition when I saw how many people were poor and how they lived, I just considered it a donation to charity that can't be written off. Big Deal. Those were the best experiences I ever had.
Xor
I loved this book, the story. I know nothing about India but now I know a lot about the soul of the people. This story is so personal and full of color and depth of character. Nothing was boring and each little story within the main story of the book was interesting and worthy. Each was a new learning experience. We learn as Lin learns. It is satisfying.
There is no way you can truly understand Lin, his choices, love of danger and hold on constant living in a hyper warp life. Spoiling for a fight, living on adrenalin. He is exhausting and exhilarating. A wonderful read. I will read the sequel.
Jare
It has been yesrs since I've read a book by such a descriptive writer. He is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine. This book was recommended to me by my daughter. She read a passage and I was hooked, immediately downloading. It's not a book you pick up if you have t or 20 minutes to read. You want to curl up for an evening or an afternoon being transported back to India. Supposedly a true story and it dies read that way. Bith fascinating and a bit shocking at the same time. I want more of this gloriously fascinating descriptive author. On a par with Michener and Leon Uris.
Malara
I picked up this book after seeing it in airport bookstores for years, and honestly had fairly low expectations, so it sat unread on my kindle for a couple of years. But I was very surprised and found that I liked this book a lot.

I won't pretend that I can add much to the more than 2,900 other reviews at this point, but I did want to contribute a five star rating and a few reasons why I liked the book:
--this is the first book in many years that I found hard to put down--I read the whole book in less than a week, including several late-night reading sessions--very rare for me!
--frankly the writing style is good, but not great, and the same with the plot--but somehow the book works very very well.
--I think the main reason I liked the book was the author's skill at describing Bombay and its denizens. Having been to India a few times, I'd kind of written the place off, but Shantaram's Bombay is an utterly fascinating, exotic place full of fascinating, exotic characters. While I understand that this is a work of fiction, if even 10% of the book is based on fact, the author has lived an interesting life indeed.
Dainris
I bought this book on a whim after reading a favorable review somewhere.

I cannot express how glad I am that I did. This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I don't say that lightly. The narrative, the story, and most of all the all-pervasive atmosphere blend together to make a hell of a yarn. Written by an ex-con who escaped prison and fled to Bombay (Mumbai), this semi-autobiographical account of his time in that sprawling, complex, magical city.

Unfortunately, I don't have enough of a way with words to fully express my love for this book. Beg, buy, or borrow a copy.
6snake6
What I am reading Wednesday. Shantaram. A true story of one man's journey from anger to deep life friendships rolled out through the ever changing city of Bombay.

He came a bitter angry man, has had great loss, was out for only his own skin's survival, became not only the city's other city The Slum's doctor but inhabitant as well.

It has love, pain, mistakes, heartbreak and life's harshest lessons set inside a group of friends from all of life's corners that found themselves at a table in Leopold's where life takes them away and brings them back as the Arabian Sea comes to the shore.
Abywis
I enjoyed this book. Considering his crimes and the violent Mafioso he became involved with, Lin somehow managed to love A LOT and see good in really nasty people. A lengthy enjoyable book with wonderful descriptive pros of the way he saw his world and the people he involved himself with.