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He arrives in Bombay with little money, an assumed name, false papers, an untellable past, and no plans for the future. Fortunately, he meets Prabaker right away, a sweet, smiling man who is a street guide. He takes to Lin immediately, eventually introducing him to his home village, where they end up living for six months. When they return to Bombay, they take up residence in a sprawling illegal slum of 25,000 people and Linbaba becomes the resident "doctor." With a prison knowledge of first aid and whatever medicines he can cadge from doing trades with the local Mafia, he sets up a practice and is regarded as heaven-sent by these poor people who have nothing but illness, rat bites, dysentery, and anemia. He also meets Karla, an enigmatic Swiss-American woman, with whom he falls in love. Theirs is a complicated relationship, and Karlas connections are murky from the outset.
Roberts is not reluctant to wax poetic; in fact, some of his prose is downright embarrassing. Throughought the novel, however, all 944 pages of it, every single sentence rings true. He is a tough guy with a tender heart, one capable of what is judged criminal behavior, but a basically decent, intelligent man who would never intentionally hurt anyone, especially anyone he knew. He is a magnet for trouble, a soldier of fortune, a picaresque hero: the rascal who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. His story is irresistible. Stay tuned for the prequel and the sequel. --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I am mourning the end of this book, and the end of this story. I would hope there will be a sequel. I am an avid reader, and can say without hesitation that this beautifully... Read morePublished 3 days ago by tallsharon
probably the best novel i ever read it is sort of a true story fabulous dialog with so much meaningPublished 5 days ago by few words in florida
I loved this book. It might be my new favorite. I was saddened by the deaths, cheered by the happy occasions, and curious to know more about the characters. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Female customer over 55
This was an amazing story of Australian man who escaped prison and finds an interesting life among the poorest in India. I can hardly wait for the sequelPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
What a great book! This story has everything; action, romance, philosophy,spirituality..... it runs the gamut of human emotions. Read morePublished 6 days ago by gary shaw
I finished this novel the day after U.S. Legalized gay marriage. I think it befitting to quote the author "good soldiers are measured by what they can endure, not by what they can... Read morePublished 6 days ago by SydneyHeart
Wonderful. Full of the human struggle and possibility and choice. It takes time to read, so enjoy it slowly and thoughtfully.Published 6 days ago by Can't stop reading
Shantaram is one of the best novels I have ever read. Gregory David Roberts' uncanny ability to place you right in the middle of his journey through India is unparallelled. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kevin Klein