January 19, 2011

Review: Shantaram

ShantaramShantaram by Gregory David Roberts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Shantaram was given to me as a gift from my youngest brother for my birthday -- the first Kindle book I've gotten as a present!

It's an amazing, vividly-rendered journey through the gangster underworld of Bombay, India in the early 1980s, with a scary detour into Afghanistan during the war with the Russians. It's VERY long and intricately detailed, with poetic, purplish prose, but, despite the rough and tough sections (the protagonist's stints in prison are brutal), it's ultimately a quest for redemption, forgiveness, and love, with exquisitely-rendered settings, true-sounding dialogue, fascinating philosophical debates, and prickly humor.

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