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Published August 15th 2017
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If you have ever travelled to India or have ever wanted to travel to India, these books are for you. If philosophy, love, language, culture and humanity are a keen interest or a passion, these books will make you stop and ponder.
Shantaram sets the scene and takes you on a journey through India. Gregory David Roberts' writing is detailed, descriptive, and decadent, with a compelling storyline. You really feel like you could be sitting with the main character in India somewhere. I was lucky enough to finish this divine book whilst I was in India. He describes the tastes, sights, sounds, colours and attitudes of India to the letter. It is the kind of book that you really can't put down. He so very cleverly transports you to the scenes and to the story with his writing. The book is long but demands your undivided attention. Best read undisturbed!
The sequel to Shantaram is TheMountain Shadow. This book is not so well known. However, it should be. His writing style changes in this book, but the heart of the story remains. The Mountain Shadow is not as descriptive as Shantaram, it but doesn't need to be. The Mountain Shadow continues the storyline and is gripping in a different way. It rounds off the story that was begun in Shantaram.
I dare say that if these two books were to be made into a movie it would be one very long movie, on par with Lord of the Rings. And rumour has it, that there was something in the works, but no finalisation has occurred.
A highly recommended read for Shantaram & The Mountain Shadow.