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Gregory David Roberts

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

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“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 disappear.

Accompanied 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 elsewhere.

As 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 power.

Burning 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.

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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