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Shantaram [German] [Paperback]

Gregory David Roberts
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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH; German Text edition (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 344247308X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3442473083
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory David Roberts was born in Melbourne in 1952. After surviving the events dealt with in Shantaram, he was captured in Germany in 1990 and eventually extradited to Australia. On completing his prison sentence, he established a small multi-media company and is now a full-time writer. He lives in Melbourne.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shantaram 1 Oct 2010
By juggles
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book by Gregory David Roberts is the best book I have ever read. 933 pages long, I was unable to put it down until I had finished it.
It is based on an extraordinary true story of the author's experience living in the slums in Bombay and takes one on a journey that is both exciting and sad.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No indication that it was in GERMAN!! 1 April 2011
Another reviewer got a 'Kindle' German version. I simply bought the book and got a German version and am really annoyed because there is NO indication anywhere of a language issue! Don't even know if I can be bothered reordering as how am I supposed to know what version I'm going to get? Luck of the draw? Been recommended this book from several sources and looking forward to reading it, but the sellers need to get this sorted!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Every human heartbeat is a universe of possibilities."

Roberts' extraordinary adventure begins when he escapes from an Australian prison in the early 80s and skedaddles to Bombay. His long-term residency at the India Guesthouse and partnership with the charmingly chirpy Indian tour guide, Prabaker, enables the newly dubbed "Linbaba" to immerse himself in the culture and learn the ropes. A truly beautiful friendship blossoms between the two men, and Lin joins Prabaker in Sunder Village for a spell of six months to further his education of the Indian way of life. Bidding farewell to the village, he winds up in the Colaba Hutments. As a slum-dweller in the Zhopadpatis, Lin sets up a free health clinic and spends his days there helping anyone who comes a'knocking. Thanks to his inner social circle, Lin experiences various culture shocks and wonders, such as the `Standing Babas', the `Blind Singers', Kano the Bear, and black market dealings via a congregation of Lepers. He soon becomes accustomed to the Bombay underground. Abdul Khader Khan becomes the father he never had and the bond cements his initiation into the Mafia. Having done everything from acting in Bollywood to a torture spell in the Arthur Road lock up, Lin then ends up in Afghanistan, fighting with the Mujahedeen against the Russians; finally learning that "sometimes you have to surrender before you win".

Shantaram is a beautifully told heart-aching and extraordinary story. Simply put; Roberts is a storytelling genius. The writing is powerful and gripping. You'll get though the nine hundred pages in no time at all. It's one of those books where you start reading and the next minute it's three in the morning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life affirming and changing book 18 April 2013
By saffron
Quite simply the best book that I have ever read. The book is beautifully written and is testement to the lengths and breaths the human experience can reach. Phenomonal read. Could not put the book down. I was mortified to see that it only had a three star rating here. Cannot recommend highly enough. The story is amazing. You will not regret reading this book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The book is well written and paced. It's equally philosophical, hard hitting and exciting. I am full of awe that the author not only actually went through what he's lived, but also puts it all out there with no filter. I was moved to tears at his description of the 'Heart of India', the love that is so readily given and shared. It's hard to believe that one man could experience so much in so little time. What a biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shantaram 11 Feb 2012
What's not to like! I first read this book Christmas 2010 (got it as a Christmas present), and could not put it down! It has everything- drama, intrigue, laughter, tears, you can really see in your mind's eye the places described. I'm sure it will be made into a film, and if they get it right, it will definitely be an Oscar winner. I passed my copy to a freind after I read it, who then passed it on to his brother, who in turn passed it to his wife, and I believe she has also passed it on- that's testimony of a really good read! My cousin has just got back from a holiday in India (for her 50th birthday), and I bought this again for her. So another chain is about to be begun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle German Edition 8 July 2011
By anne
Format:Kindle Edition
I was pretty non plussed when I realised I had bought a German edition of the book. I have gone back onto the website and as another reviewer says there is nothing to make you realise it is in German apart from saying in English that it is the 'German edition'. I called Customer services and after a little bit of wriggling ( I bought the book 6 weeks ago but only realised when I tried to open up the book to actually read it)they have given me a refund which is brilliant. However there is no English version as yet so we will have to wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazon has always been good at exchanges goods and I do not understand the rant from other reviewers. The product description gives the language!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong language
When this book arrived it was in German. When I asked for an English version I was told I would have my money refunded. I presumed there was no English version available. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brigid Delaney
5.0 out of 5 stars A giant of a read
It was the most unusual book I have read for a long time. I found the historical aspect so interesting but it is such a massive read you need to keep it for a time when you can... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Josie
5.0 out of 5 stars A thousand thank yous isn't it
A thrilling story of a tough, brave guy who, despite his mistakes, has a lot of compassion for other people. Reminds me a lot of the great book Papillon. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Monty Moler
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it!
Om goodness, I do not understand why everyone is moaning, it clearly states in brackets, that the book is a German version.
Published on 6 Mar 2012 by Doris from Wales
2.0 out of 5 stars I agree entirely with Juggler's review
Self-indulgent, navel-gazing rubbish. If you're looking for a lengthy read set in more alien, exotic climes, then avoid this and read The Poisonwood Bible or something by Ahdaf... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Collette
5.0 out of 5 stars Shantaram
This is such a shame. Shantaram is the best book I've read this decade. I too have a kindle but it was well worth the print version. Dont miss out...its worth persevering
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Lisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Still in German!
I just wanted to update everyone, please do not purchase the kindle version it is still in German, I just downloaded the sample! Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2011 by Dancing Moon
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic Kindle offering
A while ago I found I could not acquire the Kindle version of Shantaram in the UK/Europe region, however the paperback version was available?? Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by Ed Beesley
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