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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
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May 27, 09

Read in May, 2009

For a 900+ page book, it's a quick and easy read, mostly because it's unbelievable that the storyline is largely based on the author's real life. This man's life is beyond any creative imagination - escaping from Australian prison, living as a fugitive and medic in the Bombay slums, joining the Bombay mafia and working as a counterfeiter, gunrunner and street soldier, and impersonating an American to fight in the Afghan war. While the story is incredible (ridiculous fight scenes - "My fingers slid along the ridge of broken bone, greasy-wet with his blood. The broken scalp had split into three chunks. One of them was so loose that I knew it would come away in my hand if I tugged at it."), his philosophical musings on life and love are a bit too much.

Overall, a great story, average writing.

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