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<p><em>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.</em></p> <p><b><em>Shantaram</em></b> is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years</em></b> 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.</p> <p>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.</p>
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02/10/2011I LOVED this book!
The author transported me to India and into Indian life, you can almost smell the spices in the air as he tells his incredible story. This book should be on everyones "Bucket List" .
14/01/2011A friend recommended I get this book. The name meant nothing and I had to be persuaded to buy it. Seriously, I could not put this book down. Mr Roberts' story is incredible and he has made me feel as though I have lived and experienced living in India first hand. It has made me taken me through an emotional journey I did not expect. Highly recommended.