In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan...
Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower...
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Von BikerJoe Am hilfreichsten 27.11.2014
An Odyssey of Crime, Misery, Love and Compassion
What a ride, this is one of the most remarkable books I read lately.
First of all, Humphrey Bower does an incredible job in narrating this story. I do not know, how he does it, but the story gets so much more alive with his perfect replication of the different dialects in India, it is an outstanding achievement. He is not overdoing it, he just gives it the slight touch to make it recognizable.
The story is an incredible odyssey of modern times. Lin, the narrator, escapes from a prison in Australia and finds refuge in a slum in Mumbai. He learns to adapt to the new and unusual environment and earns the respect and friendship of the other slum dwellers. After a while his unusual situation gets the attention of the local Mafia and very soon he works his way into the inner core of the crime syndicate in Mumbai.
This sounds like the setup for an exciting thriller, but it is not that. It is a story about love and friendship, suffering and compassion and finally the meaning of life.
The story offers a lot of insight into everyday life in India, the blend of different cultures, the conflicts, the clash of extreme poverty with the carefree life of the wealthy and rich. Sometimes the story creates the impression of beautifying the squalor in the slums a little bit too much, but overall it sounds accurate and true.
Gregory David Roberts created a wonderful saga and shared a lot of insight and wisdom with his readers. The deep love for humans, he reveals in every little detail of the story resonates very strongly with me. Although sometimes he overdid it a little bit with having all the answers and while most of what he said, sounds true and valuable, it turned the story into the reflections of a Guru now and then. Other readers might see this differently, but this is the reason, why I could not give him the full 5 stars.
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Von Jenatbuy Am hilfreichsten 03.09.2014
Fantastic piece of Art XD
Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an Shantaram gefallen?
The philosophy in between
Welcher Moment von Shantaram ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?
Prison time, celebration in the slum !
Hat Ihnen Humphrey Bower an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?
Wenn Sie dieses Hörbuch verfilmen könnten wie würde der Slogan dazu lauten?
A western Stone in the heart of India
Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?
You will be thinking, laughing and then sudden to crying ...
It's a very nice piece of Art!
It shows the worth of little pieces in this cruel wold we all live in ...
Thanks for this nice escape... Once in a while XD
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