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Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

  • Jul 8, 2013 · 7:00 PM

We are doing something different this time, taking a break in June and reading a longer book over two months.

From Michael Zwerdling on Amazon.com:"Shantaram is a love story from start to finish: love of mankind, love of friends, love of a woman, love of a country, love of a city, love of an adversary, love of a way of life, love of a people, love of adventure, love of a father, and, most apparent, love for the reader.

The protagonist (based on the writer himself) is a complex adventurer with a deep soul and a past which, though you and I can never fully appreciate it unless we have done similar things (highly unlikely...few of us have ever been tortured, for example, or kicked a heroin habit twice) is made accessible to us, complete with its feelings and lessons.

The writing is superb, the characters have depth, the setting descriptions place you right there, the plots are intriguing, and the emotions, including humor, I cannot adequately describe, since I have nowhere near the skills of the writer, Gregory Roberts.

I cannot recommend the book more highly. Please do yourself a favor and read it."

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  • Mike T.

    Enjoyed the book and the discussion!

    July 9, 2013

  • Eden

    I'm in the back side of the cafe.

    July 8, 2013

  • Lynne

    I cannot make dinner, due to work. I also did not finish the book, but would like to make the meeting to find out the end!!! I was on vacation this week and thought I would have alot of time, but family was in town and they took up that time--LOL!!!

    July 7, 2013

    • Greg C.

      Lynne, you are welcome to come and find out the end. :)

      July 8, 2013

    • Lynne

      Greg--Thank you! I now have to get ready for a meeting in Chicago tomorrow. Oh well I guess I will need to finish the book--LOL Hope it is a great meeting!

      July 8, 2013

  • Greg C.

    Everyone is welcome to come be part of the discussion, even if they have not read or finished the book.

    July 8, 2013

  • David G.

    cant make the meeting but red the book....very long but interesting

    July 8, 2013

  • Greg C.

    By the way, feel free to come even if you haven't finished. Remember, a man must love his bear.

    July 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I finished but I will confess to cheating a bit at the end and reading the Sparknote Synopsis instead of the book.

      July 7, 2013

  • Lynne

    Still reading. Hope I finish

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finished!

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoying the part I am at.

    June 17, 2013

  • David G.

    Good book But very longggggg!

    June 3, 2013

    • Mike T.

      Agree on both counts. Never thought I would read a 900+ page book so surprised I got through it already.

      June 4, 2013

  • Lynne

    It is a great so far. Hope I can finish it

    June 4, 2013

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