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<p>Il bus della scalcagnata Veterans' Bus Service, una compagnia di veterani dell'esercito indiano, &egrave; appena arrivato al capolinea di Colaba, la zona di Bombay dove si concentrano gli alberghi a buon mercato. Greg &egrave; il primo a mettere piede sul predellino e a farsi largo tra la folla di faccendieri, venditori di droga e trafficanti d'ogni genere in attesa davanti alla portiera. Ha una chitarra a tracolla, un passaporto falso in tasca e un turbinio di pensieri ed emozioni in testa. Nel tragitto dall'aeroporto a Colaba ha pensato di essere sbarcato in una citt&agrave; dopo una catastrofe. Davanti ai suoi occhi si &egrave; spalancata una distesa sterminata di miserabili rifugi fatti di stracci, fogli di plastica e carta, stuoie e stecchi di bamb&ugrave;. In preda allo stupore, Greg ha visto donne bellissime avvolte in stoffe azzurre e dorate incedere a piedi nudi in quella rovina, e uomini dai denti candidi e dagli occhi a mandorla, bambini dalle membra incredibilmente aggraziate. Ovunque, poi, aleggiava un odore acre e intenso. Quell'odore in cui, a Bombay, fiuti di colpo l'aroma del mare e il metallo delle macchine, il trambusto, il sonno, la lotta per la vita, i fallimenti e gli amori di milioni di esseri umani. Greg &egrave; un uomo in fuga. Dopo la separazione dalla moglie e l'allontanamento dalla sua bambina, la vita si &egrave; trasformata per lui in un abisso senza fine. Era un giovane studioso di filosofia e un brillante attivista politico all'universit&agrave; di Melbourne, &egrave; diventato &laquo;un rivoluzionario che ha soffocato i propri ideali nell'eroina&raquo;, un &laquo;filosofo che ha smarrito l'integrit&agrave; nel crimine&raquo;, uno dei &laquo;most wanted men&raquo; australiani, condannato a 19 anni di carcere per una lunga serie di rapine a mano armata, catturato e scappato dal carcere di massima sicurezza di Pentridge. Eccolo ora a Bombay, nel bizzarro assortimento della sua folla, con i documenti di un certo Linsday in tasca e una strana esilarante gioia nel cuore A Bombay, infatti, il destino ha calato per Greg la sua carta. A Bombay, diventer&agrave; uno Shantaram, un &laquo;uomo della pace di Dio&raquo;, allestir&agrave; un ospedale per i mendicanti e gli indigenti, reciter&agrave; nei film di Bollywood, stringer&agrave; relazioni pericolose con la mafia indiana. Da Bombay partir&agrave; per due guerre, in Afghanistan e in Pakistan, tra le fila dei combattenti islamici Accolto al suo apparire come un vero e proprio capolavoro letterario, capace di pagine di &laquo;inesorabile bellezza&raquo; (Kirkus Reviews), Shantaram non &egrave; solo &laquo;una saga gigantesca e vera&raquo; (London Daily Mail), ma anche uno di quei rari romanzi in cui l'ostinata ricerca del bene tocca realmente la mente e il cuore.</p>

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Il bus della scalcagnata Veterans' Bus Service, una compagnia di veterani dell'esercito indiano, è appena arrivato al capolinea di Colaba, la zona di Bombay dove si concentrano gli alberghi a buon mercato. Greg è il primo a mettere piede sul predellino e a farsi largo tra la folla di faccendieri, venditori di droga e trafficanti d'ogni genere in attesa davanti alla portiera. Ha una chitarra a tracolla, un passaporto falso in tasca e un turbinio di pensieri ed emozioni in testa. Nel tragitto dall'aeroporto a Colaba ha pensato di essere sbarcato in una città dopo una catastrofe. Davanti ai suoi occhi si è spalancata una distesa sterminata di miserabili rifugi fatti di stracci, fogli di plastica e carta, stuoie e stecchi di bambù. In preda allo stupore, Greg ha visto donne bellissime avvolte in stoffe azzurre e dorate incedere a piedi nudi in quella rovina, e uomini dai denti candidi e dagli occhi a mandorla, bambini dalle membra incredibilmente aggraziate. Ovunque, poi, aleggiava un odore acre e intenso. Quell'odore in cui, a Bombay, fiuti di colpo l'aroma del mare e il metallo delle macchine, il trambusto, il sonno, la lotta per la vita, i fallimenti e gli amori di milioni di esseri umani. Greg è un uomo in fuga. Dopo la separazione dalla moglie e l'allontanamento dalla sua bambina, la vita si è trasformata per lui in un abisso senza fine. Era un giovane studioso di filosofia e un brillante attivista politico all'università di Melbourne, è diventato «un rivoluzionario che ha soffocato i propri ideali nell'eroina», un «filosofo che ha smarrito l'integrità nel crimine», uno dei «most wanted men» australiani, condannato a 19 anni di carcere per una lunga serie di rapine a mano armata, catturato e scappato dal carcere di massima sicurezza di Pentridge. Eccolo ora a Bombay, nel bizzarro assortimento della sua folla, con i documenti di un certo Linsday in tasca e una strana esilarante gioia nel cuore A Bombay, infatti, il destino ha calato per Greg la sua carta. A Bombay, diventerà uno Shantaram, un «uomo della pace di Dio», allestirà un ospedale per i mendicanti e gli indigenti, reciterà nei film di Bollywood, stringerà relazioni pericolose con la mafia indiana. Da Bombay partirà per due guerre, in Afghanistan e in Pakistan, tra le fila dei combattenti islamici Accolto al suo apparire come un vero e proprio capolavoro letterario, capace di pagine di «inesorabile bellezza» (Kirkus Reviews), Shantaram non è solo «una saga gigantesca e vera» (London Daily Mail), ma anche uno di quei rari romanzi in cui l'ostinata ricerca del bene tocca realmente la mente e il cuore.

Shantaram - eBook

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Digital Reader Format
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Language
it
Publisher
Neri Pozza
Author
Gregory David Roberts
ISBN-13
9788854504851
ISBN-10
8854504858

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Most helpful positive review
8 customers found this helpful
2006, Blackstone Audio...
2006, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Humphrey Bower "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured." So begins the epic Shantaram, and I was hooked! Set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay, the novel is narrated by Lin, an Australian convict who escaped maximum security prison and fled, with a false passport, into the teeming Indian city to disappear. A hunted man, with no home, no family, and no identity, Lin is accompanied by Prabaker, his guide and steadfast friend as he navigates the city. His search for love and for purpose leads him to Bombay's poorest slums, prison torture, criminal war, five star hotels, spiritual gurus, murder, and bloody betrayal. Two characters Lin will meet along the way hold the key to his very being: Khader Khan, mafia godfather; and Karla, elusive, dangerous, and beautiful. Shantaram held me mesmerized: a web of intrigue and a story of staggering breadth of human experience. Its criminal element alone is an enigma: drugs, money laundering, fraud, forgery, robbery, prostitution. The author does occasionally tend to the overwritten, largely overdone similes and metaphors; and I considered a lesser rating on this account. But the story is so epic, so wholly entertaining, and written always with such a passionate love for India, that I could not but give it 5 stars. Highly, highly recommended!
Most helpful negative review
4 customers found this helpful
Sadly, this is one of ...
Sadly, this is one of the more tedious and pretentious books I have purchased. I wanted to say listened to, but I have stopped about 1/4 of the way through. The reader is excellent and has a wonderful command of pace and language, pronouncing Indian words with skill. That, unfortunately, is the only saving grace I could see in this 35 CD monstrosity. Having read the back blurb and even pondered purchasing the hefty book, I had expected a story about the Bombay underworld ... if it emerges later in the book, I will not get to it as I can fathom dredging through the tedious minutae of the tale to get to what I would consider the more interesting meat (sorry for mixing metaphors). Based on the author's lifestory, with dramatic and poetic license I imagine, I would believe this would have worked better as a straight autobiography rather than a weak and boring fiction. It has been described as engrossing, though I could find little to hold my attention.
Most helpful positive review
8 customers found this helpful
2006, Blackstone Audio...
2006, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Humphrey Bower "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured." So begins the epic Shantaram, and I was hooked! Set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay, the novel is narrated by Lin, an Australian convict who escaped maximum security prison and fled, with a false passport, into the teeming Indian city to disappear. A hunted man, with no home, no family, and no identity, Lin is accompanied by Prabaker, his guide and steadfast friend as he navigates the city. His search for love and for purpose leads him to Bombay's poorest slums, prison torture, criminal war, five star hotels, spiritual gurus, murder, and bloody betrayal. Two characters Lin will meet along the way hold the key to his very being: Khader Khan, mafia godfather; and Karla, elusive, dangerous, and beautiful. Shantaram held me mesmerized: a web of intrigue and a story of staggering breadth of human experience. Its criminal element alone is an enigma: drugs, money laundering, fraud, forgery, robbery, prostitution. The author does occasionally tend to the overwritten, largely overdone similes and metaphors; and I considered a lesser rating on this account. But the story is so epic, so wholly entertaining, and written always with such a passionate love for India, that I could not but give it 5 stars. Highly, highly recommended!
Most helpful negative review
4 customers found this helpful
Sadly, this is one of ...
Sadly, this is one of the more tedious and pretentious books I have purchased. I wanted to say listened to, but I have stopped about 1/4 of the way through. The reader is excellent and has a wonderful command of pace and language, pronouncing Indian words with skill. That, unfortunately, is the only saving grace I could see in this 35 CD monstrosity. Having read the back blurb and even pondered purchasing the hefty book, I had expected a story about the Bombay underworld ... if it emerges later in the book, I will not get to it as I can fathom dredging through the tedious minutae of the tale to get to what I would consider the more interesting meat (sorry for mixing metaphors). Based on the author's lifestory, with dramatic and poetic license I imagine, I would believe this would have worked better as a straight autobiography rather than a weak and boring fiction. It has been described as engrossing, though I could find little to hold my attention.
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2006, Blackstone Audio...

2006, Blackstone Audiobooks, Read by Humphrey Bower "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured." So begins the epic Shantaram, and I was hooked! Set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay, the novel is narrated by Lin, an Australian convict who escaped maximum security prison and fled, with a false passport, into the teeming Indian city to disappear. A hunted man, with no home, no family, and no identity, Lin is accompanied by Prabaker, his guide and steadfast friend as he navigates the city. His search for love and for purpose leads him to Bombay's poorest slums, prison torture, criminal war, five star hotels, spiritual gurus, murder, and bloody betrayal. Two characters Lin will meet along the way hold the key to his very being: Khader Khan, mafia godfather; and Karla, elusive, dangerous, and beautiful. Shantaram held me mesmerized: a web of intrigue and a story of staggering breadth of human experience. Its criminal element alone is an enigma: drugs, money laundering, fraud, forgery, robbery, prostitution. The author does occasionally tend to the overwritten, largely overdone similes and metaphors; and I considered a lesser rating on this account. But the story is so epic, so wholly entertaining, and written always with such a passionate love for India, that I could not but give it 5 stars. Highly, highly recommended!

Based on the authors ...

Based on the author's life, this novel is difficult to stop thinking about and more difficult to put down. Roberts writing is sincere, intense, and profound, even when the painful events are revealed matter-of-factly. The story is interesting and entertaining, providing many life lessons during the journey. It's sad when it ends because the characters seem as though they should live on beyond the 1,000 pages.

Wow. At the risk of so...

Wow. At the risk of sounding hackneyed, I have to say that this is one of the most powerful novels I've ever read -- a successful combination of the beautiful, the horrifying, and the humorous. And as first lines go, it's hard to beat this one: "It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

A fascinating look at ...

A fascinating look at another culture and an enjoyable read though a bit long. I loved the scene in the jail where he's tied up, hung from the celing and spun while the guards beat him with bamboo staves - until they break for chai and bidi. I heard they're making a movie and Johny Depp signed to play the lead.

This is an absolute mu...

This is an absolute must read book for anyone who has the stomach to handle it. Anyone who watched slumdog millionaire and felt that you could not really taste, hear, smell and feel India in it ... and it was too much for the cinema audience. This is far more gritty. I have yet to meet someone who has read this and not loved it. I could not put it down

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