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on August 27, 2015
This book started off well, but dragged on a bit too long. I think he should have ended the story sooner. It's still worth a reading for the great detail about India and slums in particular.
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on August 21, 2015
Compelling, full novel of human experience, rich in colour and culture.
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on August 4, 2015
Had to skip most sections as it was a bit redundant and boring. All in all book was good.
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on July 13, 2015
Shantaram is the most intense book I have read. Excellent example of an author who bleeds and then writes with passion. I usually take notes as I read I needed a new note book as I captured new and excellent quotes. The author was a heroin addict and did some very bad things which he documented. He also did some incredibly good things which we need to celebrate. The voice is intense as you would expect an addicts mind to be. He is the only author who has been in countless knife fights and can write about the do or die intensity. Research will not get it but being stabbed and near death gives an authenticity which cannot be matched. Keeps you up at night. Sequel coming soon. opens your eyes to another way of looking at live and the day to day insanities that prevail.
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on June 27, 2015
I read this book a few years back, and was amazed at David Roberts Gregory 's writing and his knowledge of Bombay India . His writing is so descriptive that one seems to be right there in the novel. We visited Bombay , and all the places he mentions are there it's his detailed writing that's so amazing. It's almost Dicksonian . Since then I have given this book as gifts to family and friends who are avid and devoted book readers . I just hope that it will be made into a movie one day.this book was for an 89 year old retired Singaporean teacher.
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on June 14, 2015
Best book ever
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on May 18, 2015
meh
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on May 4, 2015
Shantaram captivated me the entire time with its rollercoaster storyline of extreme emotions. I empathize with Gregory's own character and his feelings in those moments... it's so incredible that he lived such a dynamic life.

I'm not a high volume reader but this one I could read over and over again.
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on March 20, 2015
It's a good book but not for those who are used to small paperbacks. This is a long one and sometimes i found myself getting stuck as the story can sometimes be slow. Overall though a good read.
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on March 19, 2015
This book is one of the best reads ever! It plays with your emotions and there are numerous twists and turns. The author has a talent for descriptive verse - I had vivid pictures of the scenes of the book as they unravelled. I was sad when I finally turned to the final page!
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