Publisher: Hachette (Australia)
Weight: 740 g
In 1978, gifted student and writer Greg Roberts turned to heroin when his marriage collapsed, feeding his addiction with a string of robberies. Caught and convicted, he was given a nineteen-year sentence. After two years, he escaped from a maximum-security prison, spending the next ten years on the run as Australia's most wanted man.
Hiding in Bombay, he established a medical clinic for slum-dwellers, worked in the Bollywood film industry and served time in the notorious Arthur Road prison. He was recruited by one of the most charismatic branches of the Bombay mafia for whom he worked as a forger, counterfeiter, and smuggler, and fought alongside a unit of mujaheddin guerrilla fighters in Afghanistan. His debut novel, Shantaram, is based on this ten-year period of his life in Bombay.
Raw story, beautiful, sad, exciting, philosophical, all wrapped up in one book.
This is an epic story with simple writing style and complex thread, a wide of reader are sure to enjoy this book.
Read this book if you want to travel to Mumbai and have some incredible experiences the slums, fight scenes, mafia control, Amazing charactes are all here. Shantaram remains one of favourite reads of all time. Absolutely recommend it to anyone!
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