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Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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“Shantaram” is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Gregory David Roberts, published in 2003. The book is based on the author’s own experiences and tells the story of his life in India and his involvement in the criminal underworld.

The protagonist of the story is Lin, an Australian who escapes from a maximum-security prison in Australia. Fleeing to Mumbai, India, Lin adopts the name Shantaram, which means “man of peace.” The novel follows Shantaram’s journey as he immerses himself in the vibrant and chaotic city of Mumbai.

Shantaram explores various aspects of life in Mumbai, from the slums and the criminal underworld to the city’s cultural and spiritual traditions. The book delves into the lives of the marginalized and dispossessed, providing a gritty and vivid portrayal of the city and its inhabitants.

As Shantaram becomes entwined with the local community, he befriends a diverse cast of characters, including local guides, gangsters, expatriates, and people from all walks of life. He forms deep connections and relationships, finding love, friendship, and loyalty amidst the challenges and dangers of his surroundings.

The novel not only showcases the vibrant tapestry of Mumbai but also explores universal themes of identity, redemption, and the search for meaning in life. Shantaram grapples with his past, seeks forgiveness, and tries to rebuild his life in a foreign land.

Gregory David Roberts’ writing style combines rich descriptions, philosophical reflections, and gripping storytelling. The book spans several years, capturing the ups and downs, adventures, and moral dilemmas that Shantaram faces along his journey.

“Shantaram” has gained a large following and has been praised for its immersive storytelling and vivid depiction of India. While the book is a work of fiction, it draws heavily from the author’s own experiences, lending an air of authenticity to the narrative. It offers readers a unique perspective on Mumbai and explores the complexities of human nature and the pursuit of self-discovery.

20 reviews for Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

  1. Mayarngam Shinglai (Verified Purchase)

    The delivery was 3 days earlier than expected which is always a bonus. The book was a gift to my mother in law and she is extremely happy with the book and keeps telling me that she cant take her hands of it.

  2. Biswajit Brahma (Verified Purchase)

    There are books and then there are books! This one is really special. The unbelievable journey brings out the true emotions and philosophy of love and camaraderie at once!

  3. Thanuja Kottisa (Verified Purchase)

    Though it’s an autobiography, the narrative is smooth and not at all prosaic. His observation of Indian culture and behaviour is amazing and funny without ridicule. I am still reading.

  4. Palan Kumar (Verified Purchase)

    After a long time found a book that is so based in reality that you are aware of, so unbelievable that it makes you question reality at all points and yet so engaging that you are itching to believe thats its based on a true story. One of the best reads ever. And as promised, I received original copy of book.

  5. Deepak Patel (Verified Purchase)

    It is one of the best novel that i have read. Marvelous! Romance, action, philosophy, comedy, suspense, thrill, tragedy, happiness, everything. This book has everything. A must read. The resolution theory sometimes gets over the head. But you still enjoy reading every bit of it. The author has surely done lot of research about India and Indians. The book just makes you feel proud to be an Indian. And if you are a Mumbaikar, you’d just love it.

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