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Shantaram | Paperback

Author: Gregory David Roberts | Format: Paperback

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  Beauty in a book...

| | See all kittycorner's reviews (1)

I have never read anything as captivating as this book. The way its written, the way it makes you visualise every single scene so vividly is so special and so unique that i try and read it at least once a year.

I have bought copies for a number of friends- one writing me the most beautiful letter while she was in India and seeing some of the sights first hand. The best thing is that this is a book that once you've read it and you meet someone else who has, you cant help but talk about it- it makes you think and question alot.

I cannot rate a book more highly. The man is a total legend

  Totally Absorbing

| | See all PrettySpecial's reviews (3)

My 25yr old son recommended this book to me, saying he'd been so absorbed by it, that he'd missed his stop on bus journeys and now he is desperate to go to India. I was somewhat daunted at first by the 930 pages, but plunged in and now I can't stop telling everyone what a brilliant book I'm reading (and usually I have the attention span of a gnat when reading!).
I watched a clip of "Lin" on You Tube and I now hear his voice talking to me as I'm reading - he has a fab voice - and that has given the book even more intimacy.
It is so utterly enjoyable - unquestionably the best book I have ever read in my life. The adventures, the style of writing, the pace - it's all thrilling! You really feel like you're living this life with the author.


| | See all Hitchcock99's reviews (2)

This is truly a magnificent tale. Although it's long, Gregory David Roberts barely wastes a word (although he sometimes stretches his metaphors a bit far!) and the characters will stay with you long after you finish. A book to make you laugh, cry and think - it may even make you want to move to the slums of Bombay!


| | See all Vicj76's reviews (1)

I brought this book about 2 years ago and can't believe it took me all this time to pick it up and read it. What a fool. I could not put it down it captured me from start to finish. This is a must read for anyone who loves to read. I feel they should make this into a film, it would be an instant hit.

  A book you MUST read!

| | See all TheBickers's reviews (1)

What a great read!...This book is something that everybody should be made to read....it's story is heartbreaking, uplifting, thought provoking and moving..........all written to be read as if you were right there with the author, living each triumph and fall with him, his next adventure in his life becomes yours too. I must say that this is the best book I have read in a very long time. Stop reading this and buy it now!!! :)

  A hell of a story in its own right, and it's true!?

| | See all andycheal's reviews (1)

Reading Shantaram really did make me laugh and cry on regular occasions. I am usually stoically unemotional about these things, but Roberts' examples of love, generosity and compassion are very moving. Moreover, if it is true as it claims, I'm astounded at the life he has led. I also appreciated the fact that he avoided 'cashing in' on the sensational story of his previous life in Australia. You will want to see India and love it for its flaws.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, the nearest comparison I can make for emotional excitement is The Grapes of Wrath.


| | See all k9jackie's reviews (1)

Have just borrowed this book from a friend, found it absolutely fascinating, just could not put it down, shall have to buy it now so I can re- read it.


| | See all VanChallis's reviews (1)

I have now read this book so many times in the last 3 or so years that I had to buy another copy, due to the first being worn out! Quite simply, the best book I have ever read. Words can't explain how good this book really is. Buy this book, don't go to work for a while, cut off all contact with the outside world and enjoy!!!


| | See all alto10's reviews (2)

I read this a few years back on holiday brought it at airport as was in a 3-2 offer, was amazed at the quality of it prob one of the best books i have ever read