ISBN No. 9780349117546
No.of pages 944
In 1978, gifted student and writer Greg Roberts turned to heroin when his marriage collapsed, feeding his addiction with a string of robberies. Caught and convicted, he was given a nineteen-year sentence. After two years, he escaped from a maximum- security prison, spending the next ten years on the run as Australia's most wanted man. Hiding in Bombay, he established a medical clinic for slum- dwellers, worked in the Bollywood film industry and served time in the notorious Arthur Road prison. He was recruited by one of the most charismatic branches of the Bombay mafia for whom he worked as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler, and fought alongside a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. His debut novel, SHANTARAM, is based on this ten-year period of his life in Bombay. The result is an epic tale of slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and Bollywood films. A gripping adventure story, SHANTARAM is also a superbly written meditation on good and evil and an authentic evocation of Bombay life.
Shortlisted for Nielsen BookData/ABA Book of the Year Award - Booksellers' Choice 2003.
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The first look at this book, with 900 pages surely discourages you to proceed with reading but once started it's an endless saga of philosophy, Indianness, human personalities and what not. Once started even 900 pages seems so less for a gem of story which it portrays.
Shantaram is a must read. Greg's story is truly gripping and irrespective of the size of the book does not fail to keep you occupied with the masterful narration of the adventurous story of an Australian Outlaw in the streets of Mumbai.
Shantaram is a very exciting read. Once you start reading it, you just don't feel like putting the book down. It introduced me to so many new facets of Mumbai as a city. The style of writing is very fresh and you get totally engrossed in the twists and turns in the life of Linbaba.
Very detailed writing, intense, captured facets of Bombay / India very well. However tends to drag and requires a lot of patience to read. Also as its thick requires time and patience...could not finish it.
Excellent book. a must for guys who wish to peep into the underworld and to know the traps in going turkey.