Shantaram” by Gregory David Roberts

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I received this book in April unex­pect­ed­ly from my mom’s friend who has lit­er­al­ly known me since birth. Although I was real­ly hon­ored that she took the time to write me and to send me a book, I was a fright­ened by its 932-page length, so much so that it took me more than four months to pick it up. Once I start­ed read­ing it I was unable to put it down, fin­ish­ing it in under a week. It is based on a true sto­ry-names, places, dates, etc. changed for obvi­ous rea­sons -recount­ing the author’s plight from incar­cer­at­ed armed rob­ber in Aus­tralia across the world to India and his expe­ri­ences there liv­ing amongst the poor, work­ing for the mob, and dis­cov­er­ing him­self all along the way. It might be the best book I have ever read. MUST READ (sent by Sheila Cohen)  

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