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Shantaram
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts
"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."So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.
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Shamzi
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Apart from Shantaram, there are a number of noteworthy characters:-
My favorite is Abdul Khader Khan. Khader bhai sets the tone of the book, his ideas, philosophy, are very agreeable, but towards the end you get to know that he has been playing Shantaram all along. He starts off as a fatherly figure but in the end you realize that he is a gangster, a crime boss, a thug who is using everyone around him for his own goals.
Dark & Interesting!!

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Shamzi
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This is slowly becoming one of the best books I have ever read!!

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Shamzi
Shantaram (Revised) | Gregory David Roberts
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We know who we are and we define what we are by references to the people we love and our reasons for loving them!!

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Shamzi
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Chapter 23 of this book is one of the finest peice of writing I have ever read. It has a peolonged discussion on good and evil. What does it mean, who decides b/w the two and how the universe is moving towards the ultimate good reffered here as "tendency towards complexity".

Sharing a small excerpt from the chapter.

MIND BLOWN!!

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Shamzi
Shantaram (Revised) | Gregory David Roberts
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Honesty can be tested, and loyalty. But there is no test for love!!

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Shamzi
Shantaram (Revised) | Gregory David Roberts
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Hard to argue with this!!

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Shamzi
Shantaram (Revised) | Gregory David Roberts
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When you are lonelier and wiser, thoughts of Shantaram!!

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Shamzi
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts
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Beautifully written, this book is very quotable!!!

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Shamzi
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Nothing more to say here!!

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Amandajoy
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Has anyone read this one? I‘m struggling with it & it‘s my book club‘s pick for October. I‘ve heard good things about it, but I‘m finding lately I‘m having a very low tolerance for books about the struggles of white men. And this one is such an investment. I feel like at another time, when the news isn‘t pissing me off, I might like it. Ugh.

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Shamzi
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A blockbuster beginning to this mamoth of a book. Very excited to start this. It's over 900 pages but only a few pages in, I am hooked!!!

rachaich Phenomenal book. I was riveted. 2mo
Shamzi @rachaich I love how, at the end of almost every chapter, he gives a life lesson based on the events of the chapter!! 2mo
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Twainy
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18 books in August. What a great collection. A couple 5 stars! A bunch of 4+. A few just above average. A couple average to meh and a DNF. A good mixture. A great birthday month!! It‘s been a wonderful year for reading (listening). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 😁 🎧

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Amandajoy
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1. Need to make a dent in this one.
2. The husband & I are going on a sort of honeymoon since we didn‘t get to after the wedding this summer.
3. I don‘t have one, it‘s whatever I‘m on the mood for.
4. I used to play the violin. 🎻
5. 👍🏻

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xxjenadanxx Ooh honeymoon! Where are you going? 2mo
Amandajoy @xxjenadanxx Lake of the Ozarks 2mo
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Parvez
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Read it quite a while back. Forgot to post it. I totally loved Lin Baba, Prabhakar and every other characters. It was not just a story, it was an experience. Definitely a pick!!!

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Twainy
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🎧 FABULOUS audiobook!!! Highly recommend it in audio format. Love story, Mafia story, India/Bombay story, war story, a fun sarcastic edge to the main character, crime, caring, humor. The narrator makes it fun. It was highly worth the time! (42 hours) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ... I have 5 books downloaded to my phone ... which to pick next ?? I have a Shantaram hangover! 😫

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Amandajoy
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I‘ve heard good things about this & it‘s my book club‘s pick for October, so I need to get it read. I feel like I‘m struggling to get started with it. I‘m hoping to make a dent in it tonight & tomorrow, maybe I‘ll gain some momentum.

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Twainy
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🎧 22 chapters into a 42 chapter book ... THIS BOOK IS SO LONG!! Long but SO good! Seriously! I shared some of the book description earlier but if you have access to the audio version ... do it because it adds so much to it!! So far it‘s excellent. Some of the humor takes you by surprise! I was laughing all of the way home last night about “over under pants”. This is fantastic so far! I‘ll be back tomorrow when I hopefully get to finish it 😁

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Twainy
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The first sentence of this book hooked me!!! Great narration & story so far! Thank you OverDrive!

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BiblioLitten
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1. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts #chunkster
2. Eat all that I love and not get fat/unhealthy. 🙃
3. Virgo ♍️
4. Working, but every Saturday I have a donut. 🍩
5. On it💕

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erzascarletbookgasm 2. I‘ll love that! 😉 3mo
sudi Yes to the 2nd one 🙌 3mo
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Petelord
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Wow, what a novel, what a story. Highly recommend

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJune19 Day 29: #Cage as breeding ground for evil. I own probably two copies of this book which I haven‘t even read yet. I also own the sequel, Mountain Shadow. I should get to these books soon?

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Parvez
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

We can deny the past, but we can‘t escape its torment because the past is a speaking shadow that keeps pace with the truth of what we are, step for step, until we die.

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Yvonnel
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Working my way through this epic story. Don't let it's size deter you - it's a fantastic read!!

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SiriGuruDevSingh
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The irises are gorgeous this year!😍

Beatlefan129 Beautiful 🌺 6mo
SiriGuruDevSingh @Beatlefan129 Thank you! My sister gets all@the credit—she‘s an amazing gardener ❤️ 6mo
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Parvez
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Currently reading this great book📖📖

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SailorMoon
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Time for some #frideas!!!
Brace yourselves, Spring is coming!

1. Summer! 🌞

2. Wisteria and peonies!

3. Shantaram... it's not about Spring, but I read it in March of two years ago, so it kind of reminds me of this season and reading on a park bench!

4. Not Spring-related 😉🤟🏻

5. Love love love to everyone!!! 💕
Tagging some Litsy-friends: @Klou @kaye @Princess-Kingofkings @JazzFeathers

JazzFeathers Great answers and thanks for the tag. Will post soon 😄 8mo
Klou Thanks for the tag ❤ I'll post my answers soon!! 😊 8mo
tammysue I love peonies - they smell amazing! 8mo
AnansiGirl I look forward to the upcoming months when the peonies are in bloom 🌸😄 8mo
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rachaich
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Wowzers!
That was an epic tale of life and it's meaning and journey.
I found some of it hard going, the violence and brutality. The war. But in equal measure I found the humanity and political commentary incredible.
I'm adding his other book to my list!

Tashreads Loved it too 😍😍 9mo
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rachaich
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How anazing is this book?
I'm on page 217 and finding it hard to put down. My boyfriend looked to see if there's a film as he thought there should be 😁😁
But I'm revelling in the reading.

MandaChittles One of my all time favourites! 9mo
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SailorMoon
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🎶 DRUM ROLLS 🎶
Big congratulations are in order for @Laughterhp on reaching 50k litfluences!!! 🎉
#50kBookRecGiveAway

My favourite book to recommend is Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, and the reasons are so many I can't even think of a single one to start from! You can smell every scent, taste every flavour, see every colour of India, you can feel pain and happiness as much as the characters.
No other book hugs you the way Shantaram does.

SailorMoon @Laughterhp I don't know how to tag you other than using @. There is another way for what I see but I haven't figured out how to do it yet! 😅 9mo
Laughterhp Haha I still get notified so it works! Thanks for entering. This book sounds really good, but I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a book that long before!! 9mo
SailorMoon It's worth the effort. It's worth every minute, believe me! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway! And congrats on 50k!!! 🎉🥰 @Laughterhp 9mo
Laughterhp You give a great endorsement for it! So I‘ll definitely add it to my TBR!! Thanks!! ☺️ 9mo
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SailorMoon
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Not sure I get what this #LiteraryLove game is all about, so please @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @vkois88 correct me if I'm doing it wrong!

Day 6 is about #soulmates.
To me, there are many different ways to be soulmates, and in the case of this book "soulmate" means "friend". The friendship the main character and Prabaker share is true, pure and unique.
I still haven't found a character as beautiful as Prabaker in any other book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!! And great photo!! Thanks for playing ❤️🙌🏻📚 9mo
SailorMoon @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks to you for coming up with the idea in the first place!!! Have a good day 😉❤ 9mo
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vkois88 This is perfect! Thank you for participating ❤❤❤ 9mo
SailorMoon @vkois88 thank you for the idea!!! 🥰 9mo
rohit-sawant Loved this book! 9mo
SailorMoon @rohit-sawant glad to hear it, so did I!!! 9mo
Freespirit Loved this book also. Have you read his sequel? 9mo
SailorMoon @Freespirit I know there's a sequel, but I've never really got myself around to reading it... when something is that beautiful as this book, I think there is no point in prolonging its beauty by adding more to its story... you know what I mean? There is too much at stake... what if the sequel is not as good as the first one and then it's all ruined? This is what I ask myself when it comes to keep on reading... have you read it? Is it good? 9mo
Freespirit I haven't read it either @SailorMoon I felt the same way as you. That why I still haven't read Go Set a Watchman😁 9mo
SailorMoon @Freespirit I haven't read To Kill A Mockingbird... is it THAT good? 9mo
Freespirit I thought it was beautiful..it manages to be warm and funny whilst dealing with some really serious issues. 9mo
SailorMoon @Freespirit I've always had this feeling like it would be too much to handle for me... meaning that I would be having problems handling the feelings of outrage, violation and injustice that I suppose are described in the book... but you make it sound different from what I expect! 9mo
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SailorMoon
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This is by far the most amazing book I've ever read in my life.
I can't even begin to tell how much you grow into loving the main characters, and how deep it makes you think over stuff you wouldn't even consider thinking of if not reminded by this amazing book.
I have learnt a lot from the main character (who is also the author of the book), but most of all I have learnt and loved his friend Prabaker.
A must read. It's really worthed.

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AutumnRLS
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Done!

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AutumnRLS
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550 pages in and the percentage marker on Goodreads says 60%. Really interesting read, but there are so many fun easy reads on my TBR and this book is killing me. Still I promised my Dad, and it is like nothing else I've ever read before. I need I pin that says "I finished Shantaram 2019" when I'm done! LOL.

Beatlefan129 I started this book a year ago and while the story was interesting, it was just so long and it wasn‘t really THAT interesting so I had to bail 10mo
AutumnRLS @Beatlefan129 it goes back and forth for me. Some parts are incredibly interesting and others drag and drag. And while the philosophy is interesting, I find it disrupts the flow of the narrative. Still, I promised my dad (who loved it) and he always reads everything I send his way. 10mo
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bookandcat
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My favorite book that I read in 2018 (in my top 5 ever) is on sale on Kindle or Nook or wherever you buy ebooks for $2.99! It's a #chunkster and I highly recommend snagging it at this great deal.

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My #18in18 #18in2018 - top 18 books of 2018! It was SO hard to narrow down the list, I'm at 379 books read for this year. Favorite was Shantaram. This was the year of #nonfiction for me - so many faves were nonfiction, which is surprising for a fictionaholic like me! Also, two of the #bbbbc books made it onto the list! #2018

Fun stats: In this top selection, 12 women authors, 4 AOC, 3 sci-fi books, 6 nonfiction, 3 audiobooks

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did some great reading in 2018! 📚 10mo
Cinfhen Great list!! Some are on my #TBR for 2019 🥰🥰🥰 10mo
JennyM Woweee, that is one great list and a great year of reading 📖 10mo
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bookandcat
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Finally finished the best book I read this year, in the top 5 (maybe top 2) of books I've ever read. It's a #chunkster at nearly 1000 pages, and I've been sitting on the last 100 pages for months now, not wanting it to end. The protagonist is an escaped convict from Australia who moves to Bombay, (based on the author) who worked as a slum doctor and for the Bombay Mafia. It broke my heart and also filled me with hope over and over. Truly special.

bookandcat To highlight again: this book was number 1 out of the 377 books and counting I've read this year. Read it. Read it. Read it. 10mo
AmyG My daughter‘s roommate loved this book, too. 10mo
MrBook Wonderful review!!! 10mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. This was a unique and captivating book! 10mo
Crazeedi I must read this 10mo
Crazeedi I just ordered this book!!😊 10mo
bookandcat @Crazeedi enjoy!!! 10mo
Crazeedi @bookandcat thanks, it looks good! 10mo
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AutumnRLS
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Ready to take on this beast. Almost 1,000 pages and it weighs a ton. Definitely going to be either the last book of 2018 or the 1st of 2019. Place your bets. LOL. Either way, this year has been a great one for reading. I hit an all-time high of 75 books!

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Allys_bookpage
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It was so good. It was about love, hate, religion, kulture, forgiving, philosophie, family, friendship, hope, believe... I can keep counting!!

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„The choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life“

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shmreads
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Someone from a Facebook bookworm group asked for book recs on India. Any genre would do. So I suggested Shantaram, a book which was suggested to me a decade ago by a fellow friend, who goes by "Zed", who hails from India. We were both based in Beijing when we met.

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AutumnRLS
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Used book finds! Does anyone on here have thoughts about Shantaram?

kendra I loved it 11mo
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Jabeen
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Sometimes you have to look from another perspective to see things right.
And this foreigner's perspective on India has made me proud and patriotic than ever.
In the time of need, where everyone is scared and losing their faith, this novel makes you believe in your fellow indians, as diverse as we are!

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"...fate gives all of us three teachers, three friends, three enemies, and three great loves in our lives. But these twelve are always disguised, and we can never know which one is which until we've loved them, left them, or fought them."

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I can read a rainbow!

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daskalow
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Awesome

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sudi
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💔

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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.”
#24of365 #bookcover #openingline #piratesockmonkey

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Lin Ford goes to Bombay as a fugitive, and quickly gets deeply involved with locals and fellow expats. He‘s a man of conflicts, alternately criminal and heroic. Roberts tells the story with intense detail and a pleasingly relentless pace. The cast of characters is huge, and mostly archetypical. Shantaram is a commitment at 900+ pages, and there isn‘t a wasted moment.

Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com

#thebibliophage2018

Reviewsbylola Great review! The length of this has always scared me! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Reviewsbylola Thanks! I get that. I listened to the audio mostly. 42 hours ... 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I have this on hold at the library. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Ashley_Nicoletto It‘s perfect for #theyearofthechunkster! Can‘t wait to hear what you think! 2y
callielafleur This has been a tough go for me. Good on you for finishing! 👏👏👏 2y
Swe_Eva I may have skimmed part of Afghanistan, but the rest was great! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Swe_Eva Yeah, I hear you. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @callielafleur I‘m sorry it‘s been a struggle for you. 2y
RebelReader Life has gotten in the way and I'm only 350 pages in, but I'm loving it. I read 100 pages this afternoon on my patio which was wonderful. I know I'm going to hate to see this one end. 2y
emilyhaldi Nice review!! I WILL get to this one someday soon 🤞🏻 2y
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