Shantaram - Gregory David Roberts


By Gregory David Roberts

  • Release Date - Published: 2004-10-13
  • Book Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Author: Gregory David Roberts
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,458 Ratings)

Shantaram Gregory David Roberts read online review & book description:

"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 by Gregory David Roberts, 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.

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  • Amazing read

    By Rika1974
    This got me reading nonstop till finish. Absolutely worth it.
  • HANDS DOWN a masterpiece

    By A True Masterpeice
    The Best best part about this fantastic and magical story of love, laughter, humility, and fear, isn’t that it’s so grippingly realistic thanks to it’s being based on the realities of this incredible Husband, Father, Mobster, Doctor, Herion Addict, Author, Escapee, and storyteller the best part is this book that is that is nothing but a normal guy who got really mixed up with the wrong set of people and. In turn his life got. Flipped turned upside down. However the old saying you’ll...laugh, you’ll.....cry, and yet to the very day in my life I have have yet to enjoy reading 1000 pages more then I did these. bravo to the Author and storyteller, why Steven Spielberg has yet to easily turn this into an Oscar winning performance is beyond my understanding! READ THIS BOOK NOW YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT AND IT WILL CHANGE WHO YOU ARE AT THE CORE AS A HUNAN BEING. Enough said! Enjoy I know you will!
  • Best book I’ve read in last 3 decades

    By jak328
    Brilliant writing and a great picture of the Indian and Arab cultures. Also good philosophy sprinkled throughout.
  • A cultural journey

    By Corvelle
    Shantaram was an amazing journey through foreign lands I'd never have thought I'd learn of. It's rich in detail and characters and culture, and despite what felt like a lack of "plot", the journey was tumultuous and fascinating. I learned a lot, and I feel as though my eyes were opened to a part of the world whose society and culture was so lovingly captured by the author. A long read, but worth it.
  • Shantaram

    By Sohal Shah
    This is an unbelievably well written book. The descriptions used take you away from your reality into Lin's reality. "Impossibly beautiful, impossibly beautiful, impossibly beautiful"!
  • Incredible book

    By PB Gold
    Not much to say other than this is probably the best novel I've ever read. Certainly the best that I've read in the past 20 years. A MUST READ.
  • Beyond the norm

    By lauraoliphant
    This book is the only book I can saw without a single bit of doubt changed me. It is well written as well as one of the best plots I have ever read. And the questions it asks are ones I continue to strive to answer.
  • Favorite Book, All-time

    By Lume429
    The single best written, most exciting, enthralling, engrossing book I've ever come across. Shantaram is a Must read with a capital M if ever there was one.
  • Shantaram

    By Cooleydav
    If there was a higher star rating..I would give it. Amazing story, well written with suspense love and laughter. My be the best book I have ever read. Not much more I could say..
  • Shantaram

    By jacob42xx
    You'll want to keep this one. Great second read years later. Poignant lasting impression.....

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