Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is a 933-page softcover published in 2003 by Scribe Publications, 2003. The cover and pages are in good, but handled condition, with clean unmarked pages but creases to the cover and along the spine.
Shantaram is a publishing sensation: a stunning debut novel based on the life of the author, Gregory David Roberts. In 1978 Roberts committed a series of robberies while addicted to heroin, and was sentenced to nineteen years' imprisonment. In July 1980 he escaped over the front wall of Victoria's maximum security prison, in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia's most wanted men for what turned out to be the next ten years.
His journey took him to New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and Europe, but his home for most of those years was Bombay--where he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, and worked as a counterfeiter, smuggler, gunrunner, and street solider for one of the most charismatic branches of the Bombay mafia.
Shantaram deals with all of this, and more. It is an epic, mesmerizing tale of crowded slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison torture, mafia gang wars and bollywood films, and spiritual gurus and brutal battlefields. It weaves a seamless web of unforgettable characters, amazing adventures, and superb evocations of Indian life.
This remarkable book can be read as a vast, extended thriller, as well as a superbly written meditation on the nature of good and evil. It is a compelling tale of a hunted man who had lost everything--his home, his family, and his soul--and came to find his humanity while living at the wildest edge of experience.