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I read this book close to fifteen years ago and still remember the mighty grip it had on me. It is a wild and breathless, riveting adventure. When I came across it at a book sale, I had to buy “this old friend” to have on my shelves. It is the kind of book you don’t want to end because you know you won’t find another one as good. And I haven’t.

Shantaram is a novel of the first order, a work of extraordinary art, a thing of exceptional beauty. If someone asked me what the book was about, I would have to say everything, every thing in the world. Gregory David Roberts does for Bombay what Lawrence Durrell did for Alexandria, what Melville did for the South Seas, and what Thoreau did for Walden Pond: He makes it an eternal player in the literature of the world.” – Pat Conroy

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