A horrible true story that happened in Norway. About a girl who grows up with her twisted family. She has a mom that doesn't love her. Her mom and her A horrible true story that happened in Norway. About a girl who grows up with her twisted family. She has a mom that doesn't love her. Her mom and her stepdad are violent to her, rapes her and they don't allow her to eat dinner with them and her siblings. The girl tries to tell people about her situation in her home but no one believes her. Not before many years later. One of the worst cases that has happened in Norway. A hard book to read and I can't believe that this girl is still alive after all the horrible things she has been through. I admire her strength....more
The ex-prisoner Gregory David Roberts went in living hell after the marriage fell apart and he lost the custody of hisAbout the ups and downs in life.
The ex-prisoner Gregory David Roberts went in living hell after the marriage fell apart and he lost the custody of his daughter. Since then his life went downhill and he started taking drugs and robbing banks. One day he gets caught. His future is to be behind bars for 20 years but only two years he manages to escape from one of Australia's top guarded prisons. He even escapes in the middle of the day! He ends up in Bombay and he lives with fear to be revealed and taken by the police. On the run, he has to move forward by not contacting his family or friend. He can't do that to risk to get caught and sent behind bars again.
In Bombay the main character and the escapist Lin, meets many new and exciting persons and he learns about his new culture. He ends up living in the slum with his new, good friends, opens a doctor clinic for the people who shares the slum with him and he gets well known all over the city also for the mafia. The mafia gets interested in him and they make a special connection as well. Will Lin ever feel at home in Bombay and be accepted or will he forever be seen as a foreigner?
I got Shantaram as a birthday gift back in January but I thought I should wait to read it until the summer vacation when I had more time to read and by the thought that the book is very thick. My copy has 910 pages and that's a lot! I haven't read a real thick book since last summer when I was reading IT by Stephen King. And that book were a bit over 1000 pages (!). (How can people write so much?) But thick books doesn't scare me. And I've been wanting to read this book in a long time 'cause I've only heard great things about it and I got curious about what "everyone" is talking about 'cause I feel like I'm the last person in the world to read this book while (everybody else) has done it years ago. But better late then never!
I must admit that I was struggling to get through the first 200 pages. It was many names (some hard ones) to keep track of and stuff, but after getting through that it was a lot easier to get into the reading and things was beginning to happen. We get to know how the main character deals with living in the slum and how he deals with being in the part of the mafia.
As far as I know the movie adaption has already started and Johnny Depp is the main character. Don't hate me but I'm totally disagree about that. I know he is a good actor (even though he's not any of my favorites). But while I was reading the book I just couldn't picture Johnny Depp as Gregory David Roberts. It's just wrong (at least for me). They seem like two different persons. I don't know who I would chose to be the main character but it wouldn't be Johnny Depp. That's for sure. I'm also a bit tired of seeing Johnny Depp in almost every modern movies. I would like to see some new faces as long as they are not from Disney (you know what I mean?).
Shantaram is a warm, good and honest book about ups and downs in life. About a man who moves on with his life no matter what happens and at the same time is trying to leave the past behind. His friendship and conversations with Prabaker is priceless and unforgettable! And the main character's love for Karla is very touching. And they way he handle meeting new culture than he is used to - is impressive! This is a book with a lot of discussion about life philosophy, about belonging somewhere and make the right choices. Shantaram is a book that should be read to understand how amazing it is! And the expression bear hug will never be the same again. Read the book and you'll understand what I mean! Everyone should read this. It's an incredible fascinating, rough and charming book! A book for both women and men!
I'm very excited to see how the movie is gonna be even though I don't agree with the choice of the main character (again, please don't hate me).
And I would really, really like an audio book with Gregor David Roberts as the narrator, I've seen some YouTube-videos by Roberts and I love his voice! It would be great to listen to him reading the entire book. And if you'd like to know more about the author's life when he was on the run I recommend you to see these clips. An interview by CNN. In these videos Roberts talks about the book and shows us the places he spent a lot of time in when he was living in Bombay. It's very interesting to watch it and it's worth it! Roberts is a though guy!
I didn't mean to spend almost a month reading this book but this is a book that needs time to sink in and it's not a book just to rush through. It's a book that makes you do a lot of thinking. Just want to make you sure of that. ...more
I guess all or at least most of you has heard about this girl. Natascha Kampusch shocked the whole world when she in 2006 managed to escape from WolfaI guess all or at least most of you has heard about this girl. Natascha Kampusch shocked the whole world when she in 2006 managed to escape from Wolfang Priklopil after being his hostage in 8 years. On the way to school on March 2th, 1998 as a ten - year - old, she got kidnapped by this man who took her inside his white van and brought her to a hidden basement under his garage. There she was from 1998 to 2006 while her family and the police was searching for her and thought they would never see her again. The funny thing is, on the same day she got kidnapped, was the same day she was walking to school all by herself for the first time. Her mom was always overprotecting and Natascha wanted and needed to feel self independent, but unfortunately she made this choice on wrong day. She was about to walk pass W. Priklopil when he took her into his van and drove off. Natascha Kampusch didn't knew she would be spending years in a hidden cellar. Poor girl.
I remember the first time I got to know this story. It's not often I watch the news. I read the papers online instead and watching news on TV is something I do just now and then. But I remember the TV was on and when the news came there was about this girl that had been a hostage in someones cellar in 8 years and had managed to escape. I remember it was all shocking and everyone talking about it. It almost sounded like an urban legend or something. That this kind of story got a happy ending is sort of unbelievable 'cause 8 years is a pretty long time and living with a lunatic like that sounds so crazy. I was watching the news and was fascinated by this story. I was fascinated of the fact that the girl survived and it all sounded so bizarre and weird. And I was also fascinated about someone could be crazy enough to lock someone in just like that and take away the person's freedom. How can someone do anything like that? It's awful and pure evil. And I also thought about what if something had happened to Priklopli. What if he died in a car accident, a heart attack or anything while Natascha was in his cellar and she would die there and never be found. What a horrible thought! 'Cause Priklopli was the only person who knew where she was. She would die there and never be found if something happened to him. What a scary thought! I wouldn't survive with all these thoughts and be brave enough to survive like she did. So, she really is hell of a fighter and a a girl with a lot of courage. No doubt about that!
After a few years in the cellar, Prikopli let her come out of the cellar and let her stay in his house sometimes. But only to work. She was washing a lot and making food. She was practically a slave. If she did something wrong he used violence. I also remember we got to know from the news that Natascha also went skiing with her kidnapper and that she had several chances to escape - but now that I have read her book I understand more what she went through. She could escape many times but, c'mon, that man was sick and had such power over her. He said many times if she told someone about her situation - he would kill them. And if she tried to escape and someone saw her running away from him - he would kill them too. She didn't want anyone to die because of her. He said so many things and she was basically too scared to escape 'cause she was afraid of what he would do if he caught her again. This is her personal story about being a hostage and telling about her thoughts and feelings. And what she was doing to survive this strange and horrible situation. What kept her up.
3,096 days is not a fun read. That's for sure. And to know that this is a true story makes it much worse. This is definitely not an enjoyable book. It's written to give us insight of a weird and bizarre situation that is hard to imagine. It's hard to understand how it's possible to hide a person in so many years and not feeling bad about it. And it's even harder to imagine how someone could survive and be so strong in all these years.
Natascha Kampusch proves with this book that she is strong and very brave. She caught up with a lot of crap with that guy. It's amazing that she got through that hell with the thought of all the violence she went through. It's not often we read a book and already knows the ending when we start reading it but luckily we know this story has a happy ending. We know she'll finally escape somehow and it's remarkable by the thought all she went through. But it was also shocking to read about her escape part. People didn't seem very helpful but they can regret now. Read her book and get shocked. I don't get shocked that easy but this book is just mind blowing. And I still remember what the cellar looked like from the pictures we saw on the news and can be seen online. It's very heartbreaking. I admire N. Kampusch 'cause I know I wouldn't survive something like that. She's a true fighter....more