By Gregory David Roberts
So starts off this epic, spell binding first novel set within the underworld of up to date Bombay. Shantaram is narrated via 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 via his consultant and trustworthy buddy, Prabaker, the 2 input Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy males, squaddies and actors, and Indians and exiles from different international locations, who search during this amazing position what they can't locate elsewhere.
As a hunted guy and not using a domestic, relations, or identification, Lin searches for romance and that means whereas working a hospital in a single of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dead of night arts of the Bombay mafia. the hunt leads him to struggle, legal torture, homicide, and a sequence of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unencumber the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by means of 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 via secrets and techniques that torment her and but supply her a poor power.
Burning slums and five-star motels, romantic love and felony agonies, legal wars and Bollywood movies, non secular specialists and mujaheddin guerrillas---this large novel has the area of human adventure in its succeed in, and a passionate love for India at its middle. in line with the lifetime of the writer, it's by means of any degree the debut of a rare voice in literature.