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Shantaram : A Novel - 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.

Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years imprisonment as punishment for a series of robberies of building-society branches, credit unions, and shops he had committed while addicted to heroin.

In July 1980 he escaped from Victoria's maximum-security prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years. For most of this period he lived in Bombay. He set up a free health clinic in the slums, acted in Bollywood movies, worked for the Bombay mafia as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler and, as a gun-runner, resupplied a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. This is the setting of Shantaram.

Apart from having this highly unusual personal background, Greg Roberts is a very gifted writer. His book is a blend of vivid dialogue, unforgettable characters, amazing adventures, and superb evocations of Indian life. It can be read as a vast, extended thriller, as well as a superbly written meditation on the nature of good and evil. It is a compelling tale of a hunted man who had lost everything – his home, his family, and his soul – and came to find his humanity while living at the wildest edge of experience.

About The Author

Gregory David Roberts is now a full-time writer, film producer, and international public speaker. In Bombay he has established a charitable trust to care for the poorest of the poor slum-dwellers. He divides his time between Geneva and Bombay.

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5.0

FANTASTIC

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

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    Could not put it down, was daunting to pick up due to the size of it but i was very pleasantly surprised. Recommend for all travelers or people searching for a few answers in life

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    A life changing book

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    • Highly Original
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      This book should be mandatory reading for everybody, especially for those who intend to visit India.

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      A great read

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        This book seemed almost to be a fictitious story. What a wonderful man Gregory turned out to be. The back page of the book gives you an insight into his life after the end of the book.

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        4.0

        Don't be put off by the 900 pages

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          The only down side about this book is the sheer size it gets heavy to hold after a few hours :)

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          'A masterpiece'
          The Age

          ISBN: 9781742611075
          ISBN-10: 1742611079
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 944
          Published: 1st November 2011
          Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.5  x 6.4
          Weight (kg): 0.78
          Edition Number: 1