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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
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May 01, 10

really liked it
Read from January 27 to April 22, 2010

Certainly the largest tome I've tackled. Mostly I loved the writing and immediately wanted to write quotes but lazily gave up when I realised just how much purple prose there would be. Never been to India and still don't. Roberts confirmed my perception of poverty, squalor, greed, corruption and brutality. This book took me months to read - fitted in around other novels and although I'd recommend it, I never lost sight of the fact that Lin is a hardened criminal who committed brutal crimes and surrounded himself with similarly morally deficient 'friends and colleagues'.

I'm glad to have read it. I feel its an important book - mostly compelling, sometimes amazing and very occasionally tedious. The ending was unsatisfying and to be honest if it is autobiographical rather than merely a novel I have to question myself about whether the purchase of the book (and most likely the viewing of the eventual movie) isn't just allowing the writer to benefit financially from his crimes.

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Reading Progress

01/27/2010 page 100
10.68% 2 comments
01/30/2010 page 114
12.18% "Loving, loving, loving the writing." 1 comment

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