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1. Discuss Bombay/Mumbai as a “character” in the book. What role does it play? What are the things Lin loves most about the city? Why does he fit in there?

2. Why are Prabaker and Lin drawn to each other so quickly? What do they have in common that binds them?

3. Discuss how Lins prison stays end up casting a long shadow over his life. In what ways do the wounds from prison - both physical and psychological - change him? How do they change his outlook for the better? For the worse?

4. Characterize the various women in Lins life and talk about the role they play and the influence they have on Lin: Karla? Madame Zhou? Lisa Carter?

5. “Shame” is an important theme throughout the book. What does Lin feel shamed by and how does this guide him through life? In which other characters do we see “shame,” and what are the positive and negative effects?

6. The Bollywood world constantly weaves in and out of the fringes of Lins story. Where do you see it influencing Lin and the other characters in the novel? How does it make you feel to have this glamorous world of film so closely linked to the underworld of the Bombay slums?

7. Khader Khan has a fascinating, almost paternal, influence in Lins life. If you could pick just three words to describe his character, what would they be and why? Would you say you have chosen positive words to describe him, or negative ones?

8. Khader Khan arrives at the following conclusion: “It is wrong to kill. But your reasons were good. So therefore, the truth of this decision is that you did the wrong thing, for the right reasons…” Discuss what he means by this in the context of Lins life. More generally, do you agree with him, that doing certain actions can be wrong, but for the right reasons? Why or why not?

9. Lins journey to Afghanistan is brief but profound. Were you at all surprised by the depiction of social and political strife in that part of the world between the mujaheddin and the USSR? How do you see Afghanistan as depicted in the book tying into what you know of Afghanistan from more recent events?

10. “The choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life.” Talk about this assertion in the first paragraph of the book in the context of Lins entire life story. How does Lins life change based on who he hates and who he forgives? How have the choices youve made with “hating and forgiving” affected your own life?

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Coosa, December 15, 2014 (view all comments by Coosa)
Wow! What a thoroughly engrossing yarn. Aside from being a wonderfully rich, layered story, the prose itself is so well-written, so lyrical, that I find myself re-reading sentences just to enjoying their poetry. Haven't read something this rich since Ahab's Wife. If you want to get lost in characters and plot, I recommend this book.
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cwantink100, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by cwantink100)
This is the sort of book that leaves you a different person- the kind of story that forces you to an intimate parallel. Roberts' profound comprehension of his own experiences fills the pages with a fantastical, heroic wisdom. It's a story that you'll be drawn back into again and again, and will discover a few more of its secrets each time.
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Shafiq, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Shafiq)
Remarkable, poignant, and memorable. From the slums of India to fighting with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan, this is a first-rate book. That's it's based on the author's actual life history is even more remarkable.

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Roberts, Gregory David
St. Martin's Griffin
Fugitives from justice
General Fiction
Adventure fiction
Literature-A to Z
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "At the start of this massive, thrillingly undomesticated potboiler, a young Australian man bearing a false New Zealand passport that gives his name as 'Lindsay' flies to Bombay some time in the early '80s. On his first day there, Lindsay meets the two people who will largely influence his fate in the city. One is a young tour guide, Prabaker, whose gifts include a large smile and an unstoppably joyful heart. Through Prabaker, Lindsay learns Marathi (a language not often spoken by gora, or foreigners), gets to know village India and settles, for a time, in a vast shantytown, operating an illicit free clinic. The second person he meets is Karla, a beautiful Swiss-American woman with sea-green eyes and a circle of expatriate friends. Lin's love for Karla — and her mysterious inability to love in return — gives the book its central tension. 'Linbaba's' life in the slum abruptly ends when he is arrested without charge and thrown into the hell of Arthur Road Prison. Upon his release, he moves from the slum and begins laundering money and forging passports for one of the heads of the Bombay mafia, guru/sage Abdel Khader Khan. Eventually, he follows Khader as an improbable guerrilla in the war against the Russians in Afghanistan. There he learns about Karla's connection to Khader and discovers who set him up for arrest. Roberts, who wrote the first drafts of the novel in prison, has poured everything he knows into this book and it shows. It has a heartfelt, cinemascope feel. If there are occasional passages that would make the very angels of purple prose weep, there are also images, plots, characters, philosophical dialogues and mysteries that more than compensate for the novel's flaws. A sensational read, it might well reproduce its bestselling success in Australia here. Agent, Joe Regal Literary. (Oct. 18) Forecast: This is a novel with electric appeal, heightened by Roberts's exotic backstory (see q&a, p. 36). There should be plenty of media interest in the book and its author, and its sheer heft will make it stand out in bookstores. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Shantaram is a novel of the first order, a work of extraordinary art, a thing of exceptional beauty. If someone asked me what the book was about, I would have to say everything, every thing in the world. Gregory David Roberts does for Bombay what Lawrence Durrell did for Alexandria, what Melville did for the South Seas, and what Thoreau did for Walden Pond: He makes it an eternal player in the literature of the world."
"Review" by , "Extraordinarily vivid...a gigantic, jaw-dropping, grittily authentic saga."
"Review" by , "Shantaram has provided me with the richest reading experience to date and I don't expect anybody to unseat its all-round performance for a long time. It is seductive, powerful, complex, and blessed with a perfect voice. Like a voodoo ghost snatcher, Gregory David Roberts has captured the spirits of the likes of Henri Charri?re, Rohinton Mistry, Tom Wolfe, and Mario Vargas Llosa, fused them with his own unique magic, and built the most gripping monument in print. The land of the god Ganesh has unchained the elephant, and with the monster running amok, I tremble for the brave soul dreaming of writing a novel about India. Gregory David Roberts is a suitable giant, a dazzling guru, and a genius in full."
"Review" by , "Shantaram is, quite simply, the 1001 Arabian Nights of the new century. Anyone who loves to read has been looking for this book all their reading life. Anyone who walks away from Shantaram untouched is either heartless or dead or both. I haven't had such a wonderful time in years."
"Review" by , "Shantaram is dazzling. More importantly, it offers a lesson...that those we incarcerate are human beings. They deserve to be treated with dignity. Some of them, after all, may be exceptional. Some may even possess genius."
"Review" by , "Roberts' very long novel sails along at an amazingly fast clip....[A] rich saga....Roberts graphically, even beautifully, evokes [the Bombay] milieu....[D]espite the novel's length, it is difficult not to be ensnared by it."
"Review" by , "[A] sprawling, intelligent novel...full of vibrant characters."
"Synopsis" by , Based directly upon the experiences of its author, Shantaram is the story of a man who escapes from a maximum security prison in Australia to arrive in Bombay, the crossroads of the underworld, where he works in a first-aid station and smuggles drugs and guns.
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