A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.
'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out
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A literary masterpiece ... at once erudite and intimate, reflective and funny ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller ( DAILY TELEGRAPH)
Powerful and original ... a remarkable achievement ( SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)
Extraordinarily vivid ... a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authentic saga ( DAILY MAIL)
A publishing phenomenon ( SUNDAY TIMES)
The book that has obsessed a generation: Shantaram is a publishing sensation based on the author's dramatic and extraordinary true story of life on the run in the Bombay underworld, is being reissued with a new cover alongside other classic titles from the Abacus list in our 40th Anniversary year
* 'A literary masterpiece ... it has the grit and pace of a thriller' DAILY TELEGRAPH
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Book Description St. Martin's Griffin, 2005. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: " Shantaram is a novel of the first order, a work of extraordinary art, a thing of exceptional beauty. If someone asked me what the book was about, I would have to say everything, every thing in the world. Gregory David Roberts does for Bombay what Lawrence Durrell did for Alexandria, what Melville did for the South Seas, and what Thoreau did for Walden Pond: He makes it an eternal player in the literature of the world." - Pat Conroy " Shantaram has provided me with the richest reading experience to date and I don''t expect anybody to unseat its all-round performance for a long time. It is seductive, powerful, complex, and blessed with a perfect voice. Like a voodoo ghost snatcher, Gregory David Roberts has captured the spirits of the likes of Henri Charrire, Rohinton Mistry, Tom Wolfe, and Mario Vargas Llosa, fused them with his own unique magic, and built the most gripping monument in print. The land of the god Ganesh has unchained the elephant, and with the monster running amok, I tremble for the brave soul dreaming of writing a novel about India. Gregory David Roberts is a suitable giant, a dazzling guru, and a genius in full." - Moses Isegawa, author of Abyssinian Chronicles and Snakepit "Shantaram is, quite simply, the 1001 Arabian Nights of the new century. Anyone who loves to read has been looking for this book all their reading life. Anyone who walks away from Shantaram untouched is either heartless or dead or both. I haven''t had such a wonderful time in years." - Jonathan Carroll, author of White Apples "Shantaram is dazzling. More importantly, it offers a lesson.that those we incarcerate are human beings. They deserve to be treated with dignity. Some of them, after all, may be exceptional. Some may even possess genius." - Ayelet Waldman, author of Crossing the Park "Utterly unique, absolutely audacious, and wonderfully wild, Shantaram is sure to catch even the most fantastic of imaginations off guard." --- Elle " Shantaram had me hooked from the first sentence. [It] is thrilling, touching, frightening.a glorious wallow of a novel." --- Detroit Free Press "[A] sprawling, intelligent novel.full of vibrant characters.the exuberance of his prose is refreshing.Roberts brings us through Bombay''s slums and opium houses, its prostitution dens and ex-pat bars, saying, You come now. And we follow." --- The Washington Post "Inspired storytelling." -- People "Vivid, entertaining. Its visceral, cinematic descriptive beauty truly impresses." -- USA Today "Few stand out quite like Shantaram .nothing if not entertaining. Sometimes a big story is its own best reward." -- The New York Times ".very good.vast of vision and breadth." -- Time Out "This massive autobiographical novel draws heavily from Roberts'' vida loca. Don''t let the size scare you away - Shantaram is one of the most gripping tales of personal redemption you''ll ever read." -- Giant Magazine "This reviewer is amazed that Roberts is here to write anything. Swallowed up by the abyss, somehow he crawled out intact.His love for other people was his salvation.Powerful books can change our lives. The potency of Shantaram is the joy of forgiveness. First we must regret, then forgive. Forgiveness is a beacon in the blackness." -- Dayton Daily News " Shantaram is loads of colorful fun, [it] rises to something grand in its evocations of the pungent chaos of Bombay. " -- Minneapolis Star Tribune " Shantaram is a true epic. It is a huge, messy, over-the-top irresistible shaggy-dog story." -- The Seattle Times. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0312330537
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