By Gregory David Roberts
So starts this epic, enchanting first novel set within the underworld of latest Bombay. Shantaram is narrated through Lin, an escaped convict with a fake passport who flees greatest safety felony in Australia for the teeming streets of a urban the place he can disappear.
Accompanied through his consultant and devoted good friend, Prabaker, the 2 input Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy males, infantrymen and actors, and Indians and exiles from different international locations, who search during this extraordinary position what they can not locate elsewhere.
As a hunted guy with out a domestic, kinfolk, or identification, Lin searches for romance and that means whereas operating a medical institution in a single of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship at the hours of darkness arts of the Bombay mafia. the hunt leads him to battle, legal torture, homicide, and a sequence of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to liberate the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held via humans. the 1st is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin within the underworld of the Golden urban. the second one is Karla: elusive, risky, and lovely, whose passions are pushed by way of secrets and techniques that torment her and but supply her a negative power.
Burning slums and five-star resorts, romantic love and legal agonies, felony wars and Bollywood movies, non secular experts and mujaheddin guerrillas---this large novel has the realm of human adventure in its achieve, and a passionate love for India at its middle. in line with the lifetime of the writer, it really is by means of any degree the debut of a rare voice in literature.