Shantaram

A Novel

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Publisher 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2004
October 13
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
944
Pages
PUBLISHER
St. Martin's Publishing Group
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
3
MB

Customer Reviews

Pammy's Music ,

Shantaram

Beautifully written; one of the best books I have ever read!

scappa23 ,

Shantaram

Shantaram shows that we are all part of something much greater than ourselves, part of something that came before and will be, after our time. The author does not shy away from the tragedy of our mortality, and embraces the transcendence of duty, honor, and love.
I dare say, this book, more than any I have read, resonates with the experience and wonder of a psychedelic excursion.
This book should be read…

cosmic coyote ,

Streets of Bombay

Roberts is an exquisite storyteller, i couldn’t put it down.

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