Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts


byGregory David Roberts, Sibylle Schmidt

Kobo ebook | March 11, 2009 | German

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Ein Mann auf der Flucht – Eine Stadt, die nie schläft – Und die Gnade einer befreienden Liebe

Shantaram erzählt in fiktionaler Form die Geschichte von Roberts’ eigenem Leben: Als der Australier Lindsay in Bombay strandet, hat er zwei Jahre seiner Gefängnisstrafe abgesessen und ist auf der Flucht vor Interpol. Zu seinem Glück begegnet er dem jungen Inder Prabaker, der ihn unter seine Fittiche nimmt. Auf ihren Streifzügen durch die exotische Metropole schließen die beiden eine innige Freundschaft. Von Prabaker lernt Lindsay nicht nur die Landessprache, sondern auch, mit sich ins Reine zu kommen: Er wird zu „Shantaram“, einem „Mann des Friedens“ und kämpft für die Ärmsten der Armen. Doch dann verfällt Lindsay der geheimnisvollen Karla, einer Deutsch-Amerikanerin mit dubiosen Kontakten zur Unterwelt …

Ein Roman, so leidenschaftlich wie der Herzschlag Indiens, voller Wahrheit und Poesie.

Title:ShantaramFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 11, 2009Publisher:E-Books der Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbHLanguage:German

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ISBN - 10:3641012171

ISBN - 13:9783641012175


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unsure but I liked it Sometimes I remember the read as amazing and other times as a confusing long event... I think it might be worth a read to get the authors portrayal of life in India. Not recommended if you need consistent plot or proper character development.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big read, but worth it! This is a big read but once you get into it, it flies. The story and characters are well crafted. I recommend it often!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Recommendation! This book came highly recommended to me after I mentioned in casual conversation that I love reading novels about India and Eastern cultures. One part adventure story, one part philosophical exploration, one part autobiography (if somewhat fictionalized) this makes for a great read - especially on vacation! While there are slow sections that might be tedious for some, but if you push through the pace is evened out by the fast-paced adventures the main character find himself on. I read this a couple of years ago and still find myself thinking back to this story and it's characters.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read I was browsing in my local Chapters and came across this book , first published in 2005, why had I not seen it before? Let me tell you it was worth the wait, an escaped armed robber on the run in Bombay, learns the local language , meets some wonderful characters, good and not so good, helps out the locals with his knowledge of first aid, lives in the slums, works for the Mafia , falls in love, helps the Afghans fight the Russians, what more do you want ? One of the best books I’ve ever read, it’s a long read at 900 pages but it is an amazing story ,
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Loved the detail and thought that went into writing this novel, it's a spectacular life story.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling This is by far the most interesting and exciting life story I have read yet. I can't wait to read The Mountain Shadow as well! Also, this story, even with the ups and downs has fed my wanderlust and my desire to go and visit India
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved It took me a while to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down. Its a bit overwhelming to see as it is a very large book but it has some really funny parts. I really felt like I was there.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant I loved it! Although it is rather detailed and lengthy, I never found it boring. Would definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable book This is a book that kept me entertained to the last page. It describes the corruption and the poverty of India. It also describes that even though there is misery all over it tells about how people make the best of it. This book will stay with me for a long time. I am hoping that the next book will come in a mass market paperback.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of India's Best I got engulfed in this book - read it in a week and wanted more! Great portrayal of a dynamic and complicated Country.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite! I love this book! It is so well written
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turning Very interesting life story and well written. Even though is over 900 pages, I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Wonderful exotic story. I recommend this novel
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for travellers! David Roberts is a captivating writer. He transports readers straight to India. Would recommend to anyone considering a trip to India.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I loved everything about this book but the writing is what captivated me the most. So poetic, it just draws you in. Absolute page turner, I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring so much happens yet i couldn't care. I read the whole book in what felt like forever. I'll never get that time back. My husband refers to it as the Shantaram period. This book came so highly recommended with so much passion so i stuck with it waiting... waiting. Maybe it's me not Shantaram but my god i didn't like this book
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great debut novel I picked this up on a whim (ok, I admit I like the cover) and it blew me away. Don't get discouraged by the thickness of the book/number of pages - you'll wish this book was bigger since it's such an amazing story.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece A 933-page masterpiece of a novel. Wise, thrilling, beautifully written, and an incredibly insightful exploration of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful read Had me hooked from the first page. The characters pull you in to their world.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not enjoy this There are few books that I strongly dislike but this is one of them. The writing was absolutely horrible, with extremely cheesy lines. Bearing this isn't an author but someone telling his life story, I did try to ease up on my criticism. I studied English in university and never found myself critiquing books too heavily but this one I did. That being said, friends I know who didn't study English enjoyed the book. I guess it just depends on the reader, but it was a book I continued on with just so I could finish the book.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very well written I picked up this one on my travels and loved it. It's a different than other works but I can assure you - once you start reading it will be difficult to put the book down.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book! Shantaram is the story of the indomitable spirit of a man who has lost everything - whose will to survive is astonishing - and the lengths to which he will fight to climb out of the abyss, absolutely astounding. The story is superb. It is intriguing, completely out of the ordinary, and a great plot for any novel.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book! Shantaram is the story of the indomitable spirit of a man who has lost everything - whose will to survive is astonishing - and the lengths to which he will fight to climb out of the abyss, absolutely astounding. The story is superb. It is intriguing, completely out of the ordinary, and a great plot for any novel.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Book!!! Absolutely, without a doubt my new favourite book. Reading other books after this truly made me feel sad, because they could not live up to Gregory David Robert's amazing writing and story telling. This book has everything - from a love story to travel to action. Beautiful writing.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was great. The characters were rich, and the setting and atmosphere were so well written it felt like I was in India. Would recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ! Had this book recommended to me, was a bit hesitant after the first few chapters but once completed I would have to say this is one of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Writing This book is beautifully written to show the emotion and rawness. Could not put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Notch I haven't been an avid reader lately; however, after reading this book it helped spark the passion I once had for reading. A terrific read!
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Talen As all of the favourable reviews already posted, this is one of my most favourite books. I am reading it for the 3rd time, so I can enjoy the sequel, can't wait. David Roberts is truly gifted, paints the characters, locale, events, so vividly, it is as if you were right there. I have recommended this so many times, I've lost count
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Started impressively This book was recommended by a friend who Recommended by a friend who knows I love books about India, having lived there for some years. And at the beginning, it was a heartwarming tale about a young man and his introduction to Bombay and to the inspiring people of the slums. Then it deteriorated into an overblown story of unrequited love, of drug trafficking and drug abuse, of blood and gore, of gangs and betrayal, burdened with such a weight of similes and metaphors that it resembled the attempts of a first-year college creative writing major. Mind you, I finished it - I guess I'm a bear for punishment!
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shantaram A book that truly opened my eyes and changed the way I see the world through brilliant storytelling and beautiful insight. I would recommend this book to all I know.
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing All I can say is that it's an amazing book! It took me a long time to read it, but it was still captivating and magicalnand so real! I learned what it's REALLY was like to live in the slums of India, without having gone there myself, and now, I want to go!!
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shantaram Great book if you want to know more about India
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read The book rolls along......sorry when it ended. Is there a sequel?
Date published: 2014-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read One of the most exciting, moving, heart rending non fiction books I have ever read. The author depicts a life that is beyond imagination and far more interesting than any fictional tale. I was mesmerized by his determination, hope and love of fellow man.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shantaram Engrossing , at times too violent, wonderful study of a culture so distant from what we know. This story helps to fill glimmerings of respect of the powerful sense of humanity and how small yet integral each of our roles can be.
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shantaram I read this book while on a tour of India, which included Bombay. I found it so useful and timely and put the whole tour into an honest experience for me. I can really see this as a movie someday. Really loved it.
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human An extremely fulfilling read. The story and history behind it was new and refreshing. I truly appreciated the narrative that delivers the depth of description that totally immerses and places you along side the characters in every situation. The real bonuses are the numerous nuggets of wisdom that inspire and make cause for reflection in ones own life experience. Out of hundreds of books read, this is the first literary work in my life to compel me to make and save marginal notes for future reference as well as ultimately write this review. Well done.
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human I found this book unputdownable - I was totally engrossed from the beginning to the end! I found the whole book refreshingly honest and the description of the Indian culture totally fascinating!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Regular human I took me a very long time to finish this book. I kept putting it down in favour of many other books, and then picking it up again months later. It was interesting and very incredible all of the things that happened to the protagonist. At times I felt as though he was trying to justify-glorify a criminal life, so I found it quite hard often to feel compassion for him.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human No nonsense account that describes the unvarnished harshness and the beauty of the people and sights of India. The main character is honest in his descriptions of himself and the people around him, showing the duality that makes everyone capable of good and evil. The story flows with prose that is lyrical, capturing a vision of the mindset that is India. it is an amazing, uplifting, hopeful read.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human The scale is epic. What is refreshing is the depiction of India. There is a neutrality which feels real. The paradox is brought on neatly to the pages. The human story itself is moving and keeps the pages turning. Truly a masterpiece.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human Great book. Wonderfully descriptive. Engaging with some interesting twists.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human My favourite book till today. The story keeps you going & love the way India is described.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human This book was recommended by a friend but I shuddered when I saw the size of it. I purchased the ebook and am so glad that I did! It is an amazing journey of life experiences. Never boring! But it also teaches us that people can be, and indeed are, happy without all the material goods that we in the western world expect. We shouldn't impose our north American values on everyone.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Regular human This is an excellent read, bringing a real image alive of the Mumbai slums. Some great characters. The structure of the book tends to unravel a bit in the last section, and could probably have been successfully wrapped up within the Indian story.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Regular human Shantaram may put some off with its lengh, however it didn't drag and was an easy entertaining read. The brilliant descriptions of the Mumbai slums and of the hero living within them were the book's high point. The time the authour spent in the hills of Afghanistan was less interesting and seemed unrelated thematicly. The hero was presented in many diverse fascets, at times likeable and at times annoying. Santaram was well worth the read.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human A very enjoyable book could not put down
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Regular human This is the best book I've ever read. A sweeping epic and an amazing personal journey from the dark to the light.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST READ An absolutely stunning book. Beautifully written and captivating. I can't wait to see what this author comes out with next.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favourite This is my favourite book of all time, when I finished reading it I felt as if a friend had left. Exotic setting and wonderful character depth!! The first paragraph is one for the ages.
Date published: 2011-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Read this book. It is terrific
Date published: 2011-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This is the first book I have felt the need that i must write a review. From the open line i was hooked. This Book has everything, from action to romance and philosophy. This will be a book i ll read again and again, and that is saying something considering its not a small book.
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts Is The Best Book I've Ever Read Stars: 6.0 The sensational epic novel Shantaram by Australian author Gregory David Roberts is one that I don’t think I will ever forget for as long as I live. It is the best book I have ever read and giving it 5 stars just isn’t enough to express how much I loved it and what a profound effect its author has had on the way I look at the world. This is a book I savored like a last bottle of water in the desert, while reading several others in between over a period of five months, because I never wanted it to end. Its gripping, visceral descriptions of prison life will make you squirm in your seat and its heartrending passages about the loss of loved ones will have you weeping uncontrollably, but it will also make you daydream, smile, and laugh out loud. The theme of Shantaram is the exile experience, alienation, and man’s quest for meaning. It’s also about shame and self-loathing, sadness and hope, fear and forgiveness, poverty and true wealth, understanding and catharsis. And above all, it is about love. Shantaram (which is actually the second book in a trilogy that has not yet been published) for the most part takes place in Bombay (Mumbai) and the author’s knowledge and love for the Indian people is so intoxicating and infectious that it will make you want to visit India with the hope that you will come to know its people in the same way. He describes the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feel of India (as well as his romantic retreat in Goa and the war torn and ravaged Afghanistan) with as much perfect detail, love and care as a famous artist put into his masterpiece with each strategic brush stroke. Shantaram is the story of the indomitable spirit of a man who has lost everything – whose will to survive is astonishing – and the lengths to which he will fight to climb out of the abyss, absolutely astounding. The main character who has a number of names: Linbaba, Lin, Shantaram…is a man who feels damned and beyond redemption because of the crimes he’s committed (robbery, smuggling, gunrunning, counterfeiting, and working as a street soldier for the Bombay mafia) but who manages to find light, peace and salvation through the relationships he shares with the people he loves. “It’s forgiveness that makes us what we are. Without forgiveness, our species would’ve annihilated itself in endless retributions. Without forgiveness, there would be no history. Without that hope, there would be no art, for every work of art is in some way an act of forgiveness. Without that dream, there would be no love, for every act of love is in some way a promise to forget. We live on because we can love, and we love because we can forgive.” Based on many of the true life experiences of Gregory David Roberts – who after the failure of his marriage in Australia became a heroin addict, robber, inmate, escapee, and finally a refugee hiding out in India – Shantaram is stellar fiction that will leave you with many questions about how much of the story actually happened and how much was devised by Roberts’ literary genius. You may also find yourself falling in love with its author because of his intellect, charisma, and the sheer magnitude of his gigantic heart. This book should be required reading for every college and university student on the planet. It’s a story that should be read, if possible, before embarking on the major part of your life’s journey. It is filled with so many exquisitely written passages and profound and remarkable quotes that you will be able to find something in it to express almost every situation you could possibly encounter. The characters, particularly his closest friends outside of the mafia council, such as Prabaker, Johnny Cigar, Qasim Ali Hussein and the slum dwellers, and the European crowd from Leopold’s Bar: Karla, Lisa, Didier, Ulla and Modena, Maurizio, Lettie and Vikram, Scorpio George and Gemini George, as well as Abdullah, Khader Khan and the other members of the Bombay mafia, are richly developed and fully realized and as a reader you become invested in them as you experience their joys and tragedies. I believe that some of these characters were amalgamations of several different people who Roberts knew in India in the 80s, but the world he creates through their eyes is as complex and colourful as the one we live in at this moment. Rarely, have I read a book that so completely transported me into the author’s world and seldom have I thought of one so much after I’d put the book down. As I read the last few pages of this giant tome, tears trickled down my face, because of what Roberts had written in ending this part of his tale, and because I had come to the end and now I have to wait for the sequel to be published; hopefully in September 2011. Having a writer’s work that is this good, to look forward to, is something exceptional indeed. Gregory David Roberts’ life has been beyond extraordinary.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just o.k. I was excited to start reading the book as I have been very interested lately in reading about India, people and culture. I found the book to be very long in some parts, almost not believable since it was about the author's life experience's.
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Book I picked up this book at the airport waiting for a flight. What a rich experience. The writing is so rich. The pictures he paints for us to experience make every experience so real. At times there is so much to take in emotionally that I have to put the book down and digest it all. Definately worth a read especially to understand the inner workings of India and this one man's journey to understand the deeper meaning of life.
Date published: 2010-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Loved the book. Roberts passion for India and its people is inspiring. There are a few sections that are tough to get through, but if you keep going, you will find a truly remarkable journey.
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the most brilliant books I have ever read. I definitly recommend it.
Date published: 2010-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Travel I so enjoyed this book. Roberts gave me a taste of India that I haven't encountered in other books as well as a look at the seamier side of life. Roberts writes well and is humourous in his ability to try to replicate some of the cultural nuances he encounters. Close to the end of the book, the story seemed to veer off track, but then righted itself for the ending. A very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but great? I dont know.... If the authors autobiography is to be believed, this book is an amazing achievement and really worth the read. I did enjoy most of it. I felt it was a very good book but not over the top great. At about a thousand pages long, whole sections could have been left out without ruining the core story. Or at very least split it into a separate book. The first 100 pages weren’t entirely smooth but serve to set up the characters and a bit of the story line. The next 500 pages were exceptional in painting a really beautiful, vivid picture of people places and events. That section is what sold me on the book. At the end of that section I really cared for these fictional characters and wanted to know more about them. But then the next 400 or so pages were boring and I felt extraneous to the story – the part where he goes off to war in Afghanistan. The outcomes contained in the 500 or so pages could have been summarized in a few paragraphs and been just as effective. And then his writing style is unique. It is almost like he took beautifully conceived ideas, wrote long flowing sentences and then dropped them into the narrative. Perhaps he was writing under the influence (ha) or perhaps like his fictional story, these words and ideas are someone else’s that he incorporates into the story? If you like long epics read this.
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love at first sentence!! This book is a must read for anyone. I fell in love with its characters instantly. Especially Prabaker!! He was definately my favorite. Gregory David Roberts is a fantastic writer. It really felt like I was in India. I could see the sights, hear the sounds and smell the city. It made me fall in love with the country and made me excited to go and experience it myself.
Date published: 2009-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fall in love with india! oh my god, this book was amazing. someone recommended it because we were talking about rohinton mistry's "a fine balance". yes, it's 900 pages, but what pages! from the start it grabs you & won't let you go. the way mr roberts writes, it just made me totally want to go to india & have an adventure like that; it didn't matter about the poverty or dangers, it was all so fabulous & romantic. i fell in love with india totally because of his words & descriptions. i can't wait for the movie with johnnie depp, i think he'll do it justice, but i think of the author as blond... this movie will not be able to capture all the wonderful experiences that the book gave us, so i urge everyone to read it before the movie & it becomes this huge deal!
Date published: 2009-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riveting read! I am not one to read autobiographies, but this one is a lot like an action movie. Shantaram is dramatic, poetic, passionate, deep, everything a great book needs to be to hold the reader's interest. This book opened my eyes to facts about my own country that I wasn't remotely aware of. Gregory David Roberts has experienced facets of the world that we can only read about and make ourselves content with, and read this book we absolutely must!
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. I LOVED this book. I knew I was in for a treat, because my friends who lent it to me did so by saying: "You are SO lucky!" I jumped on the Shantaram train and read like a fiend for days. This is a great vacation book, cold winter day book or anytime book. What a fun read.
Date published: 2008-11-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from crap I couldn't finish it, too boring
Date published: 2008-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Novel I have read What a life Gregory David Roberts has had! I was in India when I read Shantaram by this author, and noticed how thorough and accurate he is in describing Indian culture, people, and places. But by no means is the book ever dull or tedious in its description and the plotline constantly sizzles with tension, love, action... you will feel every human emotion while reading this 900 page book. Even though it's a long read, you will never want to put the book down; suspense, action, comedy; the relationships and characters are so real. It's surprising to note that, besides the plotline and GDR's character, the book is largely fiction. You really won't believe it once you've read it. The scenes are vivid: from the dirty but bright Bombay streets to it's dim and dank alleyways, all the way to a Bollywood film set and its characters. No detail is left alone; the traffic is particularly realistic, as I remember all too well. Most notably, there is none of the cliche India in this novel (if you are looking for a travel- type book chok-full of descriptions of bazaars, spices, and mysticism, this is not for you!) What else could you want from a fiction novel? This is the real India.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This book was recommended to me by a friend who said it was a fascinating read - it was an understatement! Initially daunted by the sheer size of the novel, I was drawn in from the very first sentence and found I could not put it down. Gregory David Roberts is certainly one of the most gifted story tellers, taking you to places that will long remain in your mind. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2008-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soul-Stirring I received this book as a Christmas gift and haven't been able to put it down since then. The author's writing style is so beautiful, especially the manner in which he describes the people he meets and the landscapes of Bombay and other areas he visits in India. His story, as well as the way he expresses his thoughts and those of other characters, is truly inspirational, to say the least. I can't wait for the movie (apparently to star Johnny Depp as the lead and perhaps some Bollywood actors).
Date published: 2007-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from heartshakingly ... soulshakingly ...brillant! Every page of this book has impressed me, every page has made me think and has challenged my heart and spirit. This book is work of genius. I will never forget this book...
Date published: 2007-02-08