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A Novel

Gregory David Roberts

Escapee Lin and his guide Prabaker dive headfirst into the seedy underworld of contemporary Bombay. Amidst beggars, gangsters, and soldiers of all backgrounds, Lin discovers love and a sense of purpose while running a clinic in a rough slum. But it's only a matter of time before Lin's ties to mafia godfather Khader Khan and the enigmatic, alluring Karla thrust him into a world of violence and betrayal. Based on the author's own experiences, this debut novel is a thrilling, epic exploration of human experience and love for India.
Publish Date
first published in 2003
Goodreads Rating
One of 70 must-read books.      source
@kobebryant read shantaram-great mysterious read of another culture-it will keep you occupied until game time. Patience is a virtue      source
Once in a while, a book comes along that I have to recommend to everyone I meet. "Shantaram" by Gregory David Roberts is one of those books. Who wants to read it (again) with me this January? Shop now: #NatesReads      source
@minoret10 great first line. great book      source
One of the most beautiful novels I ever read by Gregory David Roberts, is one I've gotten to know very well, just an ecstatically beautiful book.      source
Outstanding book. Talk about immersive. Few other epic fiction books that left me wowed: -thousand autumn’s of Jacob de Zoet by Mitchell -cloud atlas by Mitchell -a fraction of the whole by Toltz      source
You get an incredibly vivid, immersive, deep, and in some ways uplifting view of India and the underworld in India, into that part of Asia.      source
I loved Shantaram      source