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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
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Apr 11, 14

bookshelves: india, rec-by-others, vacation-reads, fiction
Read in June, 2009

As with any Indian novel or movie, Shantaram is epic at times, fraught with suffering and laced with lessons, but always there is hope, which I find endlessly fascinating. The writing grabbed me from the first page, and I was immediately intrigued by the main character (a fictionalized version of the author): a philosopher, intellectual, criminal, fugitive, addict but also a terribly generous and kind person. This is the first Indian novel I've read that was not written by an Indian--an interesting, new perspective.
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Reading Progress

05/29/2009 page 25
2.67% "It is rare for a book to grab me on the first page. This one did. I was saving it for next week's vacation. But I couldn't help myself."
06/15/2009 page 710
75.85% "Getting close to finishing (relatively). I'm going to miss this book when I'm done."

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