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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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Twainy
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📺 This makes me want to sign up for Apple TV. I loved this book so I‘m intrigued … has anyone else read the book & loved it? The audiobook is FANTASTIC! Is anyone interested in the TV show?

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DaniJ
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts
Mehso-so

Definitely worth the read. Some of the philosophical interjections didn‘t fit and were seemingly there just for the sake of being there. A sad tale of love and loss and betrayal. Can‘t help but loving and hating the main character. 933 pages tho? Settle in.

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Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts
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Klou This sounds really good! Great choice! 8mo
TheSpineView @Klou 👍📖 8mo
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sophies_little_library
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I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them. It doesn‘t sound like much, I know. But in the flinch and bite of the chain, when it‘s all you‘ve got, that freedom is an universe of possibility. And the choice you make between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.

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sophies_little_library
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‘Her eyes were large and spectacularly green. It was the green that trees are, in vivid dreams. It was the green that the sea would be, if the sea were perfect.‘

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Teresereading
Shantaram | Gregory Roberts
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Day 3 Over 500 pages
It's on my TBR. I get lots of recommendations but confess I am daunted by the size. 900 pages.
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@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻📚❤️ 13mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 13mo
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saudade_senorita
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"Every human heartbeat is a universe of possibilities."

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carolpharmd
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts
Mehso-so

Very wordy & long.... Not a style that I enjoy, very philosophical.

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carolpharmd
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

“I take everything personally — that‘s what being a person is all about.” ~~ Karla

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Villo
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A very well written book, a long story about Indian culture religions and the sense of life when poverty violence and love all play a role but certain values and principles stand to all. #2021

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maich
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Great adventure set in India. So long and so great book. About living in India, their culture, black market, prison, living in poor street...and much more.
I listened it in November for #doublebookspin @TheAromaofBooks

#shantaram #gregorydavidroberts #adventure #fiction #audiobook

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
maich @TheAromaofBooks Thanks❤ 2y
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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira
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Finally finished this audiobook🤪 Fascinating story! The length (900+ pages) makes it uneven. I have to admit that I also struggled with the numbers of men characters; not always remembering right away who was who when reappearing in the story. Some of the prison and war violence, I skipped over. There were some great philosophical life moments to pounder. The Bombay criminal way of life was interesting.
#SummerBookSpinBingo August #BookSpin
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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira 🔺 I get that they made a series out of this. 2y
MsMelissa Happy to see this as a pick. I have had it on my shelf for a few years, but the size is putting me off starting it. 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira @Book_Fiend_Melissa It is terribly looong 😅 but the story and characters are worth it. 2y
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candority I enjoyed this one too, but it definitely could have been shortened! 2y
TheAromaofBooks That's quite the chunkster!! Fantastic progress!! 2y
tholmz Nicely done! 2y
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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira
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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.“

I‘m enjoying this audiobook so far 🎧

#FirstLineFridays

Heideschrampf This was one of the best audiobook narrators i ever heard! Enjoy! 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira I know!!!! 🤩🥰 I‘m totally seduced and entertained. The story is great! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Mehso-so

I've heard multiple people rave about this being their favorite book, and that‘s really the only reason I didn‘t bail. The story is an impressive one (if actually true) and Roberts gives a compelling look into 1980‘s life in Bombay... but GEEZ does the man love a simile/metaphor 😒 He‘s trying so hard to be a novelist, or maybe a poet? that you can feel it...douche-chills, galore!

Reviewsbylola I could not invest that time for a so-so. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
Amandajoy This was a book club pick last year. I made it half way. The discussion didn‘t persuade me to finish it. I keep thinking I‘ll go back to it, but then I remember how much eye-rolling I was doing and I don‘t. 2y
LeahBergen And you‘ve turned me off of this one even more 😆😆 2y
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emilyhaldi @Amandajoy so much eye-rolling!!! 🙄 2y
LeeRHarry I liked the first part in India but after that I found it annoying. 2y
emilyhaldi He really lost me with that trip to Afghanistan 😳 @LeeRHarry it felt so disjointed from the rest of the book 2y
emilyhaldi @LeahBergen does that mean others have turned you off from it as well? My advice - you have too many beautiful books to read that I feel confident you'll enjoy more than this one! 2y
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi I‘ll be taking that advice! Yes, other reviews had led me to believe it wasn‘t for me. 2y
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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day.

BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s really appropriate for today. I loved this book! It‘s been fun to revisit it with your quotes. 2y
Stavkal74 I loved the book. Very poignant. I think there is a sequel is that right? 2y
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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I‘d always thought that fate was something unchangeable: fixed for every one of us at birth, and as constant as the circuit of the stars. But I suddenly realised that life is stranger and more beautiful than that. The truth is that, no matter what kind of game you find yourself in, no matter how good or bad the luck, you can change your life completely with a single thought or a single act of love.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

The only kingdom that makes any man a king is the kingdom of his own soul. The only power that has any real meaning is the power to better the world.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

They couldn‘t understand that every time I entered the slum I felt the urge to let go and surrender to a simpler, poorer life that was yet richer in respect, and love, and a vicinal connectedness to the surrounding sea of human hearts.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

Nothing in any life, no matter how well or poorly lived, is wiser than failure or clearer than sorrow. And in the tiny, precious wisdom that they give to us, even those dread and hated enemies, suffering and failure, have their reason and their right to be.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

The cloak of the past is cut from patches of feeling, and sewn with rebus threads. Most of the time, the best we can do is wrap it around ourselves for comfort or drag it behind us as we struggle to go on. But everything has its cause and its meaning. Every life, every love, every action and feeling and thought has its reason and significance: its beginning, and the part it plays in the end. Sometimes, we do see.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

My people, the people of my blood, we do not want to hate, because when we do hate, it is with the whole of the soul, and it can never forgive the hated one.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I knew him. I was his best friend—his only friend. If he lived, after he did this to me, there was no limit to his evil. That is how a man destroys his own soul—he loses the last limit to his evil. And I watched him, when he cut me with his knife, and when he walked away the last time, and I knew that he lost his soul. It cost him his soul, what he did … the things he did to me.‘

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

The sorrowing I‘d shunned had taken so long to find me because I couldn‘t let him go. In my heart, I still held him as tightly as I‘d hugged Abdullah only minutes before. In my heart, I was still there on the mountain, kneeling in the snow and cradling the handsome head in my arms. As the stars slowly reappeared in the silent endlessness of sky, I cut the last mooring rope of grief, and surrendered to the all-sustaining tide of destiny.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I let her cry for us. I let her live and die for us in the long, slow stories our bodies told. Then, when the tears stopped, she surrounded us with poised and fluent beauty—a beauty that was hers alone: born in her brave heart, and substantialised in the truth of her love and her flesh. And it almost worked.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I turned to look at her. The sky in her eyes held tiny storms. Her lips, embossed with secret thoughts, were swollen to the truth she was trying to tell me.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I know now what was happening to me, what was overwhelming me, what was about to consume and almost destroy me. Didier had even given me a name for it—assassin grief, he‘d once called it: the kind of grief that lies in wait and attacks from ambush, with no warning and no mercy. I know now that assassin grief can hide for years and then strike suddenly, on the happiest day, without discernible reason or exegesis.

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Stavkal74
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'It was the kind of beauty that grows from the sum of its parts rather than from any one outstanding feature: a beauty that strikes the eye rather than the heart, and a beauty that sours if it isn‘t nourished by some goodness from within.'

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

'You can‘t reason with a man who has no sense of money and its … its value. It‘s the one thing all civilised men have in common, don‘t you agree? If money doesn‘t mean anything, there is no civilisation. There is nothing.‘

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I didn‘t know then, as I do now, that love‘s a one-way street. Love, like respect, isn‘t something you get; it‘s something you give.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I‘d loved him too much, it seemed to me in that winter of war, for him to simply be gone, to be dead. If so much love could vanish into the earth and speak no more, smile no more, then love was nothing. And I wouldn‘t believe that.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

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.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

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.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

It was just that all the hope had been so empty, so meaningless. And if you prove to a man how vain his hope is, how vain his hoping was, you kill the bright, believing part of him that wants to be loved.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I would never come to that Eden in the soul, where acceptance of punishment and acknowledgement of wrong and right roll away the troubles that lodge like stones in the barren field of an exiled heart.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

One of the worst of my many failings, in those exile years, was my blindness to the good in people: I never knew how much goodness there was in a man or a woman until I owed them more than I could repay.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

She laughed, and it was so rare to see and hear her laugh that I took those bright, round syllables of happiness into me like food, like drink, like the drug. Despite the stone and the sickness, I knew with perfect understanding that the greatest treasure and pleasure I would ever know was in that laugh; to make that woman laugh, and feel the laughter bubbling from her lips against my face, my skin.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

Tears begin in the heart, but some of us deny the heart so often, and for so long, that when it speaks we hear not one but a hundred sorrows in the heartbreak. We know that crying is a good and natural thing. We know that crying isn‘t a weakness, but a kind of strength. Still, the weeping rips us root by tangled root from the earth, and we crash like fallen trees when we cry.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

I could‘ve loved her. Maybe I already did love her a little. But sometimes the worst thing you can do to a woman is to love her. And I still loved Karla. I loved Karla.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

At first, when we truly love someone, our greatest fear is that the loved one will stop loving us. What we should fear and dread, of course, is that we won‘t stop loving them, even after they‘re dead and gone.

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Stavkal74
Shantaram: A Novel | Gregory David Roberts

‘Lin, a man has to find a good woman, and when he finds her he has to win her love. Then he has to earn her respect. Then he has to cherish her trust. And then he has to, like, go on doing that for as long as they live. Until they both die. That‘s what it‘s all about. That‘s the most important thing in the world. That‘s what a man is, yaar.'

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Stavkal74
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When all the guilt and shame for the bad we‘ve done have run their course, it‘s the good we did that can save us. But then, when salvation speaks, the secrets we kept, and the motives we concealed, creep from their shadows. They cling to us, those dark motives for our good deeds. Redemption‘s climb is steepest if the good we did is soiled with secret shame.

Heideschrampf I loved this book so much 2y
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936 pages of pure joy. An amazing journey through Bombay back in the days. I loved Prabaker, Didier, Karla character. Unforgettable book.. "Every human heartbeat is a universe of possibilities"

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Amandajoy
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When do you give up on a book? I‘ve been reading this since August & I keep putting it down. I‘m not quite halfway through. I‘ve heard good things about it though. Should I give up or keep going? I‘m terrible about not finishing a book - I always think it will get better!

Beatlefan129 I gave up on this one as well. The story was interesting in places but it was just too much. I would have kept going if it had some editing to trim it down. 3y
carolpharmd I wish I had bailed! It was such a difficult & long read. &, so many characters w/ “Kh...” in their names that I couldn‘t keep them straight. 1y
Amandajoy @carolpharmd at this point I‘m calling it a bail. I got about half way through for my book club, and nothing said at book club made me want to finish. 1y
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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
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Honesty can be tested, and loyalty. But there is no test for love!!

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Shamzi
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Hard to argue with this!!