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[This is Part 1 of a 2-part Audiobook CD Library Edition in vinyl case.]
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[Read by Humphrey Bower]
* One of AudioFile's Best Audiobooks of 2007 *
This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay, a hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, actors and exiles. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, 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 keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher, and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets. Based on the life of the author, this extraordinary debut has the world of human experience in its reach.
GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS was born in Melbourne, Australia. Sentenced to nineteen years in prison for armed robbery, he escaped and spent ten of his fugitive years in Bombay, where he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers and worked as a street soldier for the Bombay mafia. Recaptured, he served out his sentence and established a successful multimedia company upon his release. He is now a full-time writer and lives in Bombay.
While SHANTARAM is a novel, it echoes the true story of author Gregory David Roberts, who hid in Bombay after escaping from an Australian prison. The story of Lin, who opens a clinic in the slums and becomes involved with the Bombay mafia while building friendships and alliances, is mesmerizing, especially with the narration of Humphrey Bower. Bower weaves a world of interesting characters, both Indian and expatriates, and makes even the exaggerated moments believable. He keeps pace beautifully with Roberts's writing style, which shifts continually from the descriptive and philosophical to the tragic to the broadly comic. Bower makes this unique milieu into one that's fascinating and compelling. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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