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Shantaram (2003)

de Gregory David Roberts

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6,4192151,166 (4.14)1 / 303
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.… (mais)
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  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
I first read this book in 2006, and re-read it in 2015. It was even better than I had remembered.


This amazing book is based on the actual experiences of the author, who escaped from an Australian jail and ended up in Bombay among the colorful characters of the underworld.

The story itself is both gorgeous and gritty. Bad things happen to good and bad people -- and to people too complicated to be easily judged. There are deaths, crimes, imprisonment, war, torture, sex, drugs, intrigue. . . and a dancing bear rescued from disaster by being covered in papier mache and turned into a statue of Ganesha. (That story alone is worth the entire book!)

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  jsabrina | Jul 13, 2021 |
This 900 page tome made my head spin. Face it - I have the attention span of a housefly, but I was really loving it, until about three quarters through to the end where serious chop down, drag out editing is in order. Though the setting was completely outside my usual genre, I've always been partial to a good mafia tale, and this was no exception. It's a ripping good yarn up to a certain point when the overindulgent writing makes you want to kill yourself. I was racing to the end to find out whether our hero finds redemption, only to find that end ultimately unsatisfying. The descriptions of Bombay and many wonderful memorable characters are top notch, but this book seems inconsistent somehow. Some of the writing is corny and some profound, but I was hoping for a better ending for our hero. Maybe I'm just shallow. ( )
  MuggleBorn930 | Jul 11, 2021 |
A great amazing story! ( )
  MariaGreene | Jun 30, 2021 |
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 |
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"Get things moving with this sprawling epic about an ex-bankrobber making a new life for himself in the poverty-stricken slums of Bombay."
adicionado por bookfitz | editarThe Independent, Ella Berthoud (Feb 20, 2016)
 
The book is full of vibrant characters.
adicionado por cattriona | editarThe Washington Post, Carole Burns (Aug 8, 2011)
 
"A sensational read, it might well reproduce its bestselling success in Australia here."
adicionado por bookfitz | editarPublishers 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."
adicionado por bookfitz | editarKirkus Reviews (Aug 1, 2004)
 
'Shantaram': Bombay or Bust
 

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Nome do autorFunçãoTipo de autorObra?Status
Gregory David Robertsautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Bützow, HeleneTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Bower, HumphreyNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Frydenlund, John ErikTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Guglielmina, PierreTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Mazan, MaciejkaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Mingiardi, VincenzoTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Palomas, AlejandroTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Schmidt, SibylleTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Sjöström, Hans O.Tradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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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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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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