Oh my now this is a tome to be reckoned with!
Don’t start Shantaram unless you’re prepared to set aside several hours a day for a couple of weeks.
Once you’ve started you won’t want to put it down, so ideally take it on that beach holiday you have been dreading. You’ll barely notice the holiday as you’ll be in India in your mind, loving and hating the smells, the people, their hearts, and yet their extreme capacity for brutality.
This is essentially a crime novel, but laced with love, much on morality, travel, and understanding of a very different part of the world.
Shantaram is fast, it’s funny, it’s shocking (it’s often that). It’s full on.
I recommend it to anyone who looks at the size of the book and doesn’t flinch. Don’t pick it up if a thousand pages daunts you.
And please don’t make my mistake of looking up the author Gregory David Roberts online, a glance at his photos that he chooses to show the world are enough to put you off for life, but that aside, his writing is superb, his love is real, and fook me, I do believe he is a very hard man!
I photographed the book on my bed as when I was reading it I couldn’t wait to sneak off for an early night and a read.