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The Mountain Shadow: The long-awaited sequel to Shantaram by [Roberts, Gregory David]
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Praise for The Mountain Shadow:

“Roberts is brilliant at creating a sense of menace and projecting the constant tension of the escaped convict, living on his wits, waiting to be murdered or betrayed at any moment . . . Crucially, he is also a man who loves and understands India . . . Nearly 900 pages of pure escape.”Sunday Times (UK)

“Roberts’s sequel to Shantaram defies easy categorization, one of its many charms. The dashing hero Lin, an Australian fugitive, is worldly, two-fisted, rides a motorcycle, has a social conscience, quotes great writers and, as the book opens, struggles bravely to get over his lost love, Karla . . . He narrates his interactions with many larger-than-life street types in an energetic and often salty first person . . . . Roberts keeps the action moving and the narrative engaging . . . This series of robust, retro capers with contemporary trappings will have readers feverishly turning the pages.”Publishers Weekly

“The first book was a hit, and this volume will follow suit.”Library Journal

Praise for Shantaram:

"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, everything 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 . . . 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 Charrière, Rohinton Mistry, Tom Wolfe, and Mario Vargas Llosa, fused them with his own unique magic, and built the most gripping monument in print . . . Gregory David Roberts is a suitable giant, a dazzling guru, and a genius in full.”—Moses Isegawa, author of Abyssinian Chronicles and Snakepit

About the Author

Gregory David Roberts escaped from a maximum-security facility and spent ten years on the run, and ten years in prison. After the publication of his first novel, the bestselling Shantaram, he spent ten years working as an ambassador for charitable and social justice organisations, and as a philosophical consultant to leaders and philanthropic foundations. He retired from public life in 2014 to devote his time to family and new writing projects.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4209 KB
  • Print Length: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Picador Australia (October 13, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2015
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008V6N7P0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Julia Flyte TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Like many others, I loved Shantaram: A Novel, and so I approached this sequel with an equal mix of anticipation and trepidation. Could Gregory David Roberts repeat the magic? The short answer is no. This book isn't nearly as good as Shantaram, and worse, it has the potential to make Shantaram seem worse in retrospect. But having said that, it's not a total disaster either. I read it in a week, and despite its near 900 page length, I never lost interest nor found it hard to stay with.

The Mountain Shadow is set two years after the events of Shantaram. Lin is still living in Bombay and working as a forger for his mentor Khaderbhai's mafia organisation, now run by Sanjay Kumar and known as the Sanjay Corporation. He is living with his girlfriend Lisa (I didn't remember her, but she was in the previous book towards the end), and while he still carries a torch for Karla, he hasn't seen her for two years, since she married Ranjit, an aspiring politician.

In the first 100 pages three key events happen. Lin meets an Irishman by the name of Concannon, he is kidnapped by a rival gang who want information about the Sanjay Corporation and his girlfriend Lisa tells him that she wants to see other people. These three things will set a train of events in motion that drive the remainder of the plot. Apart from brief forays to Sri Lanka and to a spiritual retreat, the action is set entirely in Bombay and many familiar characters will appear, among them Didier, Abdullah, Madame Zhou and Karla. As in the previous book, Bombay is itself a key character in the book, with all its corruption and chaos, millionaires, gangsters, holy men and slum dwellers.
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I loved Shantaram, and approached The Mountain Shadow with some trepidation. The last thing you want with a great book is a followup that takes away everything you loved about it.

I am happy to say that isn't the case here. The Mountain Shadow is a very different book. Lin is still in a bad situation in Bombay, but not as bad as it was in Shantaram. (How could it be?) He's not with the woman he loves, he's still working for the mob, and he finds himself in very rough situations almost immediately. "The future always looked like fire, and the past was still too dark." But in this book he's funny - he's got past some of the really bad stuff (Arthur Road prison), and he seems to have dealt with at least some of his demons. (It would have been a drag...if maybe true to life...if Lin ended up on Heroin again, but he doesn't.) And there is a lot more engagement with other characters, and less being in his head. Which (usually) I loved about Shantaram, but The Mountain Shadow is a much faster book.

There are a lot of familiar characters - Didier is back, just as louche as ever. Karla is out there, even if Lin isn't with her. And so is Madame Zhou. But it's the new characters I really liked, particularly Naveen Adair, a really appealing half-Indian half-Irish character. Even Concannon, a very nasty, very mixed-up, very dynamic criminal, was compelling.

I honestly can't say I remember everything about Shantaram - it's been a long time since I read it - but The Mountain Shadow feels like a more mature book, richer, deeper. The same turf (literally, in Bombay), but now with much more a sense of clarity. I'm not sure it has the same highs (pun intended), like the Standing Babas scene, but almost every line of the book is memorable.
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This book is terrible. Nearly 1,000 pages of almost nothing but rambling faux philosophy. Shantaram is one of my favorite books I have ever read, and this is probably my least favorite. The only reason I suffered through the whole thing was because I loved Shantaram so much, and I kept hoping this one would pick up. I read all of Shantaram in a couple of days because I could not unglue myself from it. It took me about a month to read The Mountain Shadow. It felt like a chore I had to do every day and it was difficult to ever get through more than 30 or 40 pages at a time. There is no real interesting plot or story, just a series of perfectly timed coincidences that happen so that Lin can spout absurd sentences along the lines of "Love is what Fate leaves when Faith is lost". That is just something I made up off the top of my head, but you can open the book to pretty much any page and find a line that is pretty close. The rest is just babbling about how great Karla is. I can't even recommend Shantaram in good conscious anymore out of fear that the person would love it enough to insist on reading this. I wouldn't wish that on anyone. It seems impossible that the same person wrote these two books. I am sure GDR got a nice payday out of this, and I can't be mad at that, but I selfishly wish he had just hung it up after the one novel. I will definitely not bother to pick up anything else he writes in the future.
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This book needs an editor......badly. The "philosophy" came across as cliched and silly. It was as if he had a list of sayings and just built a conversation around them. I loved Shantaram and preordered this book. I am making myself finish it but the flat characters are not particularly compelling.
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