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Shantaram (2003)

de Gregory David Roberts

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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. Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years 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. 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.… (més)
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Anglès (193)  Francès (4)  Italià (4)  Alemany (3)  Suec (3)  Danès (1)  Noruec (1)  Finès (1)  Neerlandès (1)  Totes les llengües (211)
Es mostren 1-5 de 211 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Abandoned after 100 pages. This book had been recommended to me by several people, but I just couldn't get into it. After the 4th time the narrator says "I didn't know it then, but..." I realized that 100 pages of foreshadowing meant I was going to be living with this 900-page book for a long time. It was time to abandon it or dig in. I just didn't think it was good enough to slog on. Maybe another time. ( )
  evenlake | Mar 23, 2021 |
I came across this book in an unusual way for me, the audiobook was recommended by someone I work with. My audiobook consumption tends to be mainly non-fiction as I find fiction hard to get on with unless the naration is really top notch. The person who recommended this to me assured me that it would be the best audiobook I've ever listened to so I decided despite the 43 hour length to give it a shot. Lin (not his real name) does a runner from prison in Australia and makes it to India where he meets a street tout called Prabakar and agrees to let him show him to a hotel. From there a friendship develops which sees Lin get involved in everyday Indian and Bombay life like a local. He tends to gravitate towards to poor people living in the slum for a number of reasons but chiefly because he doesn't have much money and he needs the anonymity. Eventually he finds himself involved with one of the organised crime groups in Bombay and soon finds himself way out of his depth.

I really enjoyed listening to this and would go for long 3 hour walks just so I could continue with the story. The narration by Humprhey Bower is really, really good. So good in fact that I find it hard to believe he did all the character voices himself as they are so distinct from each other. Reading a little about Roberts afterward I assume that some of this story is autobiographical and it is his way of justifying to himself some of the choices he made during this period of his life. My only real complaint is that I could have done without the cod-philosophy which occurs often in the book. After a while it gets too much and is often delivered in rambling soliloquies that I could have done without.

So was this the best fiction audiobook I've listened to? No, that remains the Red Dwarf series read by Chris Barrie, but this is good and I really enjoyed it. ( )
  Brian. | Mar 8, 2021 |
A book about a man who falls in love with a city, Bombay. The story takes the reader from the slums, to an Indian prison, to the luxury of a gangster's life and even to wilds of Afghanistan. While you may not always like the main character and why he does things he's a entertaining companion. The story must be semi-autobiographical reading the blurb about the author's history and as such the ending is disappointing. Maybe there's a second book. A fascinating story though really capturing the ethos of Indian as well as Mumbai culture. ( )
  charlie68 | Feb 28, 2021 |
I don't know what frightens me more, the power that crushes us, or our endless ability to endure it.

I'm actually a little shocked I never wrote a review for this book because it's hands down one of my favourite books of all time, but I read it long before I joined Goodreads and sometimes finding ways to review your favourite book is impossible. How do you describe something that irrevocably moved you? A book that crawled into your mind and heart and soul. Even now, years later, when people ask me my favourite book, I can spew a monologue about this one. Funnily enough, it took me four tries to actually get past chapter one, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The same thing happened with one of my favourite shows, Black Sails. A bit of a rough opener and then perfection.

After reading this book, I actually went and tracked down the newspaper article that documents his prison escape, just to see that it was actually real. It was. Sure a good bit of the book is embellished, but the essence is real. But you know what? Even if it wasn't based on a true story, this book would still blow me out of the water. It's the kind of book that blends philosophy, adventure, action, crime and love into one intricate web of beauty.

Recommended for everyone. ( )
1 vota rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
Abandoned after only 30-40 pages. Good grief, the writing is terrible. I'm not sure of the one star. ( )
  loretteirene | Dec 18, 2020 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 211 (següent | mostra-les totes)
"Get things moving with this sprawling epic about an ex-bankrobber making a new life for himself in the poverty-stricken slums of Bombay."
afegit per bookfitz | editaThe Independent, Ella Berthoud (Feb 20, 2016)
 
The book is full of vibrant characters.
 
"A sensational read, it might well reproduce its bestselling success in Australia here."
afegit per bookfitz | editaPublishers Weekly (Aug 23, 2004)
 
"Roberts is a sure storyteller, capable of passages of precise beauty, and if his tale sometimes threatens to sprawl out of bounds and collapse under its own bookish, poetic weight, he draws its elements together at just the right moment."
afegit per bookfitz | editaKirkus Reviews (Aug 1, 2004)
 
'Shantaram': Bombay or Bust
 

» Afegeix-hi altres autors (6 possibles)

Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Gregory David Robertsautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Bützow, HeleneTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Frydenlund, John ErikTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Guglielmina, PierreTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mazan, MaciejkaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Mingiardi, VincenzoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Palomas, AlejandroTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schmidt, SibylleTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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.
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At first, when we truly love someone, our greatest fear is that the loved one will stop loving us. What we should fear and dread, of course, is that we won't stop loving them, even after they're dead and gone.
They'd lied to me and betrayed me, leaving jagged edges where all my trust had been, and I didn't like or respect or admire them any more, but still I loved them. I had no choice. I understood that, perfectly, standing in the white wilderness of snow. You can't kill love. You can't even kill it with hate. You can kill in-love, and loving, and even loveliness. You can kill them all, or numb them into dense, leaden regret, but you can't kill love itself. Love is the passionate search for a truth other than your own; and once you feel it, honestly and completely, love is forever. Every act of love, every moment of the heart reaching out, is a part of the universal good: it's a part of God, or what we call God, and it can never die.
And I'd learned, the hard way, that sometimes, even with the purest of intentions, we make things worse when we do our best to make things better. (p.81)
It was at once his most endearing and most irritating quality, that he always told me the whole of the truth.
But repression, they say, breeds resistance in some men, and I was resisting the world with every minute of my life.
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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. Shantaram is a novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts was sentenced to nineteen years 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. 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.

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