Escaping to India after a prison break, Gregory David Roberts shares his true-life story thick with mafia dons, affable slums, and revenge. Like a spicy curry, the pages of this book transport you to steamy Bombay.
Shantaram is a whopping 933 pages, but details of roti breakfasts, black market medications and Bollywood movies make it a true page turner.
Spanning ten years, this book will make a speedy reader feel a bi-polar cocktail of emotions that range from pride to disgust. Though Roberts comes off arrogant, his honesty when sharing shame, fear and weakness is admirable.
Shantaram is the memoir of a recovering heroin addict on the run. It is full of violence, love, death and loyalty. By the end you will feel the weariness and wisdom gained from a trip abroad and have a taste for Indian food resting on your tongue.