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Shantaram [Kindle Edition]

Gregory David Roberts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (864 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.

'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out

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A literary masterpiece ... at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Powerful and original ... a remarkable achievement (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Extraordinarily vivid ... a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authentic saga (DAILY MAIL)

A publishing phenomenon (SUNDAY TIMES)

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'Powerful and original ... a remarkable achievement'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1483 KB
  • Print Length: 943 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0349117543
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (28 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008B8DY2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (864 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gregory David Roberts retired from public life in 2014 to devote time to his family and new writing projects.

His new novel, The Mountain Shadow, will be released in 2015.

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immersive and evocative read 11 April 2005
By dhbooks
Based on a true story, the tale of a wanted Australian ex-convict who moves to Bombay; sets up a medical clinic in the slums; joins the Indian mafia and even goes to war in Afghanistan is gripping stuff. Those looking for a thriller or fast-paced ride will be disappointed - whilst Roberts includes plenty of action, he also vividly describes not only his surroundings but also his personal interactions with the residents and foreign nationals in Bombay. It is in this way that Shantaram excels, as a tale of how Roberts fits into the hugely varied Bombay lifestyle. In one way, Shantaram is almost a love story, with many of Roberts' actions revolving around a woman he loves - however, his propensity for getting into various dangerous situations meant that I couldn't put the book down. Whilst it is quite long, almost 1,000 pages of small type, it will keep you entertained and fascinated throughout, with Roberts' descriptions of India totally immersing you in his experiences.
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212 of 234 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confused? 3 April 2007
Hmmm...I've read with interest the reviews of this book and I think that you'll agree they are somewhat polarised!

My reading tastes are quite varied, from the Classics to Alex Garland and although I will try to be as objective as possible, the fact is that I really enjoyed this book.

Firstly, I am motivated to write a review for this book because I am at a loss as to how anyone could so vehemently be opposed to it without having an axe to grind with the author, (as opposed to reviewing the actual story), but predominantly because, like other reviewers here, I absolutely loved it and naturally want to share my enthusiasm and recommend it to others.

For me, Shantaram is a truly engaging read. It is exceptionally well paced and will take you on a journey that will, at times, leave you breathless and unable to turn the pages quickly enough. The authors' consummate depiction of character, place and drama will absorb you entirely in a relentless mêlée between the most noble and absolute base capabilities of human nature. Love, loathing, beauty, repugnance, tenderness and brutality - it's all here, in spades. However, there are two sections of this book which will enable you to catch up and assimilate, placed roughly at intervals between the first and second third of the narrative, and again between the second and third section. Believe me, you'll need these opportunities to relax a little.

The story of Lin, his travels, trials, dilemma and relationships with the individuals within the book are both enthralling and captivating in extremis. I would make claim that it is easily placed in my top five `you must read this' books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing from start to finish 5 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Easily the best book I have read in a couple of years, this author really knows how to tell a story and whilst it might be hard to believe that one person could fit so much in to one lifetime, surviving more than his fair share of life-threatening situations, I was gripped, entertained, laughed and cried without feeling any sense of dis-belief that it could really have happened. Fabulous read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant and absorbing 13 July 2013
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Can`t understand the negative criticism of this wonderful book, still one man`s meat etc etc. Personally I found it to be the best book I have ever read and I have read avidly all my life. I love India anyway and right from page one I was there with the author accompanying him throughout all his traumas - I was so sad to finish it! You have to try this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Biggis
I was bought this as a gift on the strength of a word-of-mouth recommendation, having never previously heard of 'Shantaram' nor its author. I'll admit that the thought of a book that seemed to fall part way between autobiography and novel was a little disconcerting, but I can honestly say that I approached it with an open mind.

At nearly 1,000 pages, 'Shantaram' was clearly going to be a book that rewarded those who were willing to invest the necessary time and patience, and I was quite prepared to do this, hopeful that I would soon see why this international bestseller seems to have attracted such adulation.

However, not long into the book it became clear that the tiresomely plodding narrative wasn't going anywhere in a hurry, with page after page of interminable detail, minutiae even, not to mention the utterly pointless and frustratingly tedious dialogue. In addition, the style of writing is generally somewhat over-the-top and self-indulgent, sometimes irritatingly so, and, without wishing to be unkind, I can't help feeling that Roberts thinks he is a MUCH better writer than he actually is, and that such overwritten prose represents a rather poor and somewhat cringeworthy attempt at literary sophistication. At one point, and in response to one particular section, I almost grimaced with embarrassment on behalf of the author!

Nevertheless, I was determined not to give up, and when Roberts began relating his escape from prison, I hoped that things were finally starting to get a little more interesting. Unfortunately, however, this was only a short-lived interruption, and it soon returned to the laborious, dull-as-ditchwater slog that it had undoubtedly become.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic tale - and well written. T'is even better if you've been to Mumbai and can visualise the locations.
Published 5 hours ago by rhyneside
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Thank you
Published 3 days ago by caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
More readable than I was expecting. Can't stop reading about life there.
Published 4 days ago by Omasue
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep reading it gets better
Took a lot of getting into but eventually I could not put it down. A great story
Published 5 days ago by Anna Q
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Best book I've ever read
Published 7 days ago by Kerry W.
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One of the best books I have ever read!
Published 7 days ago by Neha Kaushal
4.0 out of 5 stars shantaram - takes me back to india
Great book for anyone who loves a bit of crime and violence, willing to ignore the occasional overexposed image...lovely either way
Published 7 days ago by Powlie
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
A great read, a true story filled with action, suspense, romance, travel, crime, violence, culture, compassion and adventure. Read more
Published 8 days ago by S. Lumsden
5.0 out of 5 stars In my case I like to start and finesh but lately I am getting ...
I haven't finish yet,but so far is very interesting. Once you start you don't want to put down. In my case I like to start and finesh but lately I am getting so busy. Read more
Published 10 days ago by MRS K KATECHIA
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