Shantaram (Abacus 40th Anniversary)

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About the bookthe 40th anniversary edition of gregory david roberts' shantaram is a re-issued version of the original novel inclusive of a new, flashy cover. It has been included as a part of a collection of classic titles to celebrate abacus' 40th anniversary year. Gregory david roberts, a young australian convict travels to india to escape his sentence. He finds himself in bombay, a city so alien to his life in australia that it shakes his core, yet gives him solace. Living in a slum, gregory establishes a free health clinic and joins the local mafia. He learns hindi and marathi in his spare time and falls in love with an extraordinary woman. He is caught for his involvement in money laundering and forging, serving time in an indian prison. Following this, gregory ends up fighting the mujahedeen in afghanistan. Shantaram (abacus 40th anniversary) is a profound tale that includes all the characteristics of a brilliant novel. It has high drama, action and romance. The first two versions of this novel were trashed by prison wardens. Despite this, gregory david roberts persisted in this desire to tell his story. This is a must read for all. It grips you from the very beginning to the end. Shantaram (abacus 40th anniversary) is available in paperback and was published in june 2013. Key features this book is part of abacus' the special 40th anniversary series. It flaunts a new and improved cover that will catch your eye.

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Crime and punishment, passion and loyalty, betrayal and redemption are only a few of the ingredients in Shantaram, a massive, over-the-top, mostly autobiographical novel. Shantaram is the name given Mr. Lindsay, or Linbaba, the larger-than-life hero. It means "man of God's peace," which is what the Indian people know of Lin. What they do not know is that prior to his arrival in Bombay he escaped from an Australian prison where he had begun serving a 19-year sentence. He served two years and leaped over the wall. He was imprisoned for a string of armed robberies peformed to support his heroin addiction, which started when his marriage fell apart and he lost custody of his daughter. All of that is enough for several lifetimes, but for Greg Roberts, that's only the beginning.

He arrives in Bombay with little money, an assumed name, false papers, an untellable past, and no plans for the future. Fortunately, he meets Prabaker right away, a sweet, smiling man who is a street guide. He takes to Lin immediately, eventually introducing him to his home village, where they end up living for six months. When they return to Bombay, they take up residence in a sprawling illegal slum of 25,000 people and Linbaba becomes the resident "doctor." With a prison knowledge of first aid and whatever medicines he can cadge from doing trades with the local Mafia, he sets up a practice and is regarded as heaven-sent by these poor people who have nothing but illness, rat bites, dysentery, and anemia. He also meets Karla, an enigmatic Swiss-American woman, with whom he falls in love. Theirs is a complicated relationship, and Karla’s connections are murky from the outset.

Roberts is not reluctant to wax poetic; in fact, some of his prose is downright embarrassing. Throughought the novel, however, all 944 pages of it, every single sentence rings true. He is a tough guy with a tender heart, one capable of what is judged criminal behavior, but a basically decent, intelligent man who would never intentionally hurt anyone, especially anyone he knew. He is a magnet for trouble, a soldier of fortune, a picaresque hero: the rascal who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. His story is irresistible. Stay tuned for the prequel and the sequel. --Valerie Ryan

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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.

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