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Shantaram: A Novel Paperback – October 1, 2005

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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 Charrière, 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

About the Author

Gregory David Roberts, the author of Shantaram and its sequel, The Mountain Shadow, was born in Melbourne, Australia. Sentenced to nineteen years in prison for a series of armed robberies, he escaped and spent ten of his fugitive years in Bombay―where he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, and worked as a counterfeiter, smuggler, gunrunner, and street soldier for a branch of the Bombay mafia. Recaptured, he served out his sentence, and established a successful multimedia company upon his release. Roberts is a now full-time writer and lives in Bombay.

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  • Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
  • Paperback : 944 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312330537
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312330538
  • Product Dimensions : 5.39 x 1.69 x 8.26 inches
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 6,353 ratings