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Shantaram - A Novel

Gregory David Roberts

"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 by Gregory David Roberts, 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.

"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 by Gregory David Roberts, 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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

"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 by Gregory David Roberts, 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Humphrey Bower

Length:

42h 58m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

01:29:40


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

01:23:06


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

49:15


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

44:30


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

01:00:26


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

33:00


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

33:53


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

01:09:29


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

28:47


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

43:05


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

39:20


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

02:04:42


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

57:27


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

50:40


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

01:04:26


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

54:27


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

58:54


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

49:39


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

46:03


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

37:11


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

01:12:10


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

01:22:45


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

01:11:37


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

52:12


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

01:10:04


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

57:10


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

53:54


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

01:10:58


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

59:58


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

01:31:53


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

46:37


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

42:46


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

01:32:43


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

59:06


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

51:41


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

01:02:46


Part 5, Chapter 37
Part 5, Chapter 37

53:00


Part 5, Chapter 38
Part 5, Chapter 38

45:14


Part 5, Chapter 39
Part 5, Chapter 39

01:38:22


Part 5, Chapter 40
Part 5, Chapter 40

57:35


Part 5, Chapter 41
Part 5, Chapter 41

01:41:18


Part 5, Chapter 42
Part 5, Chapter 42

01:06:33


Part 5, Chapter 43
Part 5, Chapter 43

00:21