"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 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.
There is so much in this book that it wouldn't be possible to give all the reasons why you should read it. I'll briefly try: passion, action, philosophy, drama, laughs, reality and many unforgettable characters to read about.I couldn't imagine toThere is so much in this book that it wouldn't be possible to give all the reasons why you should read it. I'll briefly try: passion, action, philosophy, drama, laughs, reality and many unforgettable characters to read about. I couldn't imagine to get so obsessed with a 1000-page book, but that actually happened. I am not sure if it is the best book I have ever read, but I am sure that it's been the best in many years and definitely an extraordinary piece of work. Chapeau....Continua Nascondi
[Testo italiano in fondo]For years I felt like "I had" to read this book, but at the same time it gave me the sensation of a sickly sweet essay on western-interpreted eastern philosophy. Then one day I stepped into the original English 'version' of[Testo italiano in fondo] For years I felt like "I had" to read this book, but at the same time it gave me the sensation of a sickly sweet essay on western-interpreted eastern philosophy. Then one day I stepped into the original English 'version' of the book, and bought and started it at once. In fact the story is not a sickly sweet philosophy treatise; there is on the contrary a great deal of fresh human blood flowing, towards which the main character and narrator seems inevitably attracted every time a chance occurs. The novel is basically the true narrative of Gregory David Roberts in India, despite some quite unlikely events (at least in the close succession in which they are presented): Lin's sudden coming out from an Indian prison then fresh and ready for an important meeting after only one hour or, again, he calmly sitting in a bar just after an almost deadly fight. But they seem to be only narrative devices, and the trueness of the story can be felt at every page. The book reminded me of India more than every other thing in many years since my first and (so far) last trip there. The flavour and the people of that unique country were all in the book, unchanged.
Per anni ho saputo di "dover" leggere questo libro ma mi dava anche la sensazione di uno stucchevole trattato occidentale di filosofia orientale. Poi un giorno mi sono imbattuto nella 'versione' originale inglese, comprato e subito iniziato. In effetti la storia non è affatto un compendio filosofico, al contrario c'è molto fresco sangue umano che scorre, verso il quale il narratore e protagonista principale sembra fatalmente attratto ogni qualvolta si presenta l'occasione. La trama è praticamente la vera storia di Gregory David Roberts in India. Ci sono cose un po' improbabili, (almeno nella successione in cui vengono presentate) tipo il suo uscire all'improvviso da una prigione indiana e dopo un'ora essere freschissimo e pronto per un incontro importante o, ancora, essere tranquillamente seduto in un bar subito dopo un combattimento quasi mortale. Ma questi sono molto probabilmente espedienti narrativi; la storia in effetti trasuda 'verità' in ogni pagina e, in molti anni dal mio primo (e per ora ultimo) viaggio, mi ha ricordato l'India più di ogni altra cosa. Il sapore e i personaggi di quella terra unica sono tutti li, tali e quali....Continua Nascondi
In questo libro c'è solo una figura interessante ed è l'indiano Prabaker. Molte belle parole sono state usate per descrivere Bombay tanto da far venire voglia di andare a vederla ma nulla di più. Il protagonista è una sorta di Willy il coyote ..In questo libro c'è solo una figura interessante ed è l'indiano Prabaker. Molte belle parole sono state usate per descrivere Bombay tanto da far venire voglia di andare a vederla ma nulla di più. Il protagonista è una sorta di Willy il coyote .. Avevo molte aspettative ed è stata una lettura deludente. ...Continua Nascondi
The simple and astonishing truth about India and Indian people is that when you go there, and deal with them, your heart always guides you more wisely than your head. There's nowhere else in the world where that's quite so true.