Item description for Shantaram (Spanish) by Gregory David Roberts & Alejando Palomas...
Overview Having escaped an Australian maximum security prison, a disillusioned man loses himself in the slums of Bombay, where he works for a drug kingpin, smuggles arms for a crime lord, and forges bonds with fellow exiles.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 2.5" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 2.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 5, 2006
ISBN 8489367116 ISBN13 9788489367111
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More About Gregory David Roberts & Alejando Palomas
Gregory David Roberts, the author of "Shantaram" and its sequel, "The Mountain Shadow," was born in Melbourne, Australia. Sentenced to nineteen years in prison for a series of armed robberies, he escaped and spent ten of his fugitive years in Bombay where he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, and worked as a counterfeiter, smuggler, gunrunner, and street soldier for a branch of the Bombay mafia. Recaptured, he served out his sentence, and established a successful multimedia company upon his release. Roberts is now a full-time writer and lives in Bombay."
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shantaram Jul 22, 2008
Very well written and evocative, shows love and respect for the Indian people and great insight into the appalling inequality they endure and the spirit with which they survive.
A Seductively Dangerous Book Jul 20, 2008
n many ways Roberts is an amazing writer. He draws compelling characters, creates a wonderful sense of space, and uses language colorfully. However, Shantaram, ultimately goes nowhere and is unsatisfying. It is a book about an addict. A man who is addicted to heroin, to crime, to ideas and to his inflated sense of self importance. Shantaram is a novel the same way "A Million Little Pieces". It's autobiographical with poetic license. A heroin addict, turned criminal, busts out of a maximum security jail in Australia, and with a forged passport, winds up in Bombay. He assumes the name Lin, given to him by the first guide he meets, and has many of the personal adventures described on the book jacket. In between the adventures, Lin preaches often cryptically sounding ideas, which are more glib than pithy -- there is no art without forgiveness, fanaticism is the opposite of love, etc. etc. Ultimately, for all his musings, Lin learns nothing. He simply transfers one addiction for another. He was constantly betrayed by men in the Indian mafia, and you are led to believe that maybe he'll break away, but, no. After fighting in one war to aid a man who betrayed him in every way, he will ultimately fight in another for the same man, because he owed his life (which would never have been at risk in the first place, had he not gone to war for his Don, Khader) to a henchman. When appalled at people's distaste for his descriptions of his compatriots as honorable men, Lin will glibly say that there's a difference between honor and virtue. Men who are arsonists, forgers (helping wanted men to travel), smugglers, who sacrifice their friends to put police off their trails are neither honorable, nor virtuous. They are thugs,who will turn on you, if need be. They turned on Lin and left him in prison, knowing they could have gotten him out, and knowing that he was supposed to be beaten to death. Yet the fact that he survived made him tougher and more valuable. Roberts should find a more interesting subject than himself to write about. He certainly has the skill to do so. I hope he has the interest.
A Gripping Page-turner. Jul 17, 2008
A very well written novel. The author is fairly descriptive and paints a great picture of the characters various escapades.
Combined with the personal history and experience that the author brings to the table - this book is a must read for those who would love to read intriguing and exciting pseudo-biographical thrillers.
Shantaram was fantastic. Jul 13, 2008
This is one of the most interesting, exciting and enriching books I have read in recent years.
Dostoevsky Mated with Barbara Cartland Jul 9, 2008
Overlong, overwritten, over-self-conscious and under-edited, Shantaram is a book that almost sinks under its own weight. While the details on the slums and the criminal underworld of Bombay are fascinating, the second-rate epigrams of Karla and Didier, the endless uncalled-for philosophical symposia, and the final jaunt to Afghanistan all became a bit too much and I was skipping pages by the end. The author has had many unique experiences, but I would have preferred to hear about them without all the fictional-philosophical encrustations. There is an interesting speech on YouTube (search for Gregory David Roberts or Shantaram) where the author recounts some of the same experiences, complete with accents and movement (in particular, head wiggles). It will be interesting to see if the old adage about "Bad Book = Good Film" comes true in this case. How on earth can so much be compressed into an 90 minutes?