Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


By Gregory David Roberts

  • Release Date: 2012-06-28
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 331 Ratings
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A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld.

'In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail. Then, in case anyone thought he was slacking, he acted in Bollywood and fought with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan . . . Amazingly, Roberts wrote Shantaram three times after prison guards trashed the first two versions. It's a profound tribute to his willpower . . . At once a high-kicking, eye-gouging adventure, a love saga and a savage yet tenderly lyrical fugitive vision.' Time Out


  • A must!!

    By Niccy1999994
    Absolutely incredible, by far the best book i've ever read!
  • A story to cherish and learn from

    By Kaybrough
    An incredibly harsh life story, but with moments of real love and humour, peopled with amazing characters, containing valuable life lessons and written in sublime prose.
  • Best book I have ever read

    By Al5678953
    Title says it all. I loved this book, so full of great story and even greater depth.
  • Most beautiful Novel!

    By Chloabilty
    This is an absolute must read! It is so well written, so poetic and beautiful. You really go on a journey yourself with the characters. I am starting the sequel instantly!! 5 stars!!!
  • This is the most inspiring well written book I have ever read

    By Chaz11112
    I can not recommend you to read this book anymore. Please please do. I beg of you.
  • Amazing

    By Kittysbabe
    My all time favourite book to date, nothing has come close to it in years
  • Shantaram

    By Macc66
    A simply superb roller-coaster of an adventure.
  • Must read

    By Ujsp
    If you have been to India, especially Mumbai you have to read this! Loved how long the book was as you could really get it and loved the story itself, my favourite read so far.
  • Fantastic then descriptive and gripping then boring then lost

    By Richard Newbold 1
    Great author with loads of imagination and creative descriptions but story got a little lost and eventually tedious and frankly boring as one struggles to finish the book. But I liked the first half Just ran out of steam
  • Recommended read!

    By Tightlips&discretion
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh out loud and I will recommend it to anyone!