kevinmtrowbridge reads Shantaram

Shantaram

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isbn 10 1429908270
isbn 13 9781429908276
author Gregory David Roberts
word count 387047
page count 944

kevinmtrowbridge reads

Read during 34 sessions taking 19.87 hours over 26 days.
status: finished
started: 22 Jan 08:00
finished: 17 Feb 17:44
Bookrace 2015
Number of times finished in contest 1

Reading sessions

kevinmtrowbridge read this book at a pace of 325 words per minute.

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read for 49m on Feb 17 at 5:43 pm

OMG I finished! I'm free! :)

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read for 50m on Feb 17 at 4:34 pm
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read for 45m on Feb 17 at 10:00 am

OMG OMG omg ... please let it end soon.

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read for 60m on Feb 17 at 12:06 am

Back in Bombay again. Lin tries to kill Madame Zhou.

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read for 45m on Feb 16 at 11:58 am

Pshew the shit hit the fan. Khader dead. Helicopter attack on their rebel camp in Afghanistan.

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read for 35m on Feb 15 at 8:53 am
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read for 45m on Feb 13 at 10:02 am

Oh -- this book is slowly winning me over. It's an epic. The author has some self-awareness. There are some beautiful phrases. There's great descriptions of historical episodes and circumstances / motives for crime. A great description of heroin addiction. Basically in this passage he got addicted to heroin in response to Abdullah & Prabaker's death. Then Karla and Khader found / rescued him and put him up in a house to recover with Nazeer as his nurse. Now they are off to the war in Afghanistan, Khader's home county.

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read for 23m on Feb 13 at 12:14 am

wut -- Abdullah & Prabaker dead?! :( :( they were my favorites

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read for 28m on Feb 12 at 9:29 pm

Drinking & reading makes me like the book more. :)

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read for 45m on Feb 12 at 11:01 am

Maybe Lin is having a sort of growth moment? He seems to be moving past his heroic self-conception a little?

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read for 65m on Feb 11 at 10:32 am

Oh my it has taken a turn for the worse. He abandoned Karla. Some guys were supposed to kill him. Instead he beats them up with his gangster friends. They tell him another character framed him. So he goes and beats up that guy. Ugh. I'm trying to read as fast as possible. I want my 380000 words for Bookrace. But what an investment of time in this book. :(

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read for 35m on Feb 10 at 10:36 pm
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read for 50m on Feb 10 at 9:29 am

Lin works for the mob. He has a conversation about good & evil with Khader, the mafia boss. Ulla tells him where Karla is.

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read for 57m on Feb 9 at 10:02 pm

Lin gets out of prison and starts working for the mafia.

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read for 45m on Feb 9 at 1:35 pm

Cholera epidemic. Lin is randomly thrown into prison.

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read for 42m on Feb 8 at 1:21 pm

Before Kate & Karl's party.

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read for 20m on Feb 6 at 10:22 am

Read for 20m at Bean There but then, a friend dropped by to visit. Lin is entrusted with the mafia lord's nephew.

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read for 45m on Feb 5 at 10:55 am

somewhat tiring bit about visit to Madame Zhou ... Then relatively dull philosophy discussion with mafia lord ... Then stiching up a teenage gangster's arm ... now helping blue bear handlers in jail ... Kind of a whirlwind succession of events. It must be on purpose by the author to build tension.

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read for 25m on Feb 5 at 12:26 am
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read for 30m on Feb 4 at 4:15 pm

Linbaba is visited by Karla who needs his help.

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read for 45m on Feb 4 at 10:49 am

Linbaba is taken to a doctor who, the mafia lord has arranged to see the patients who Linbaba cannot help. A lovely part about slum justice: a drunken man who beat his wife and was punished in turn. Linbaba receives a "bear hug" from a real bear. I like the stories of the slum, they are truly interesting and unique.

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read for 45m on Feb 3 at 10:29 pm
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read for 45m on Feb 3 at 10:28 am

chemurgy: chemical and industrial use of organic & raw materials Standing Babas Lin gets a new name in Prabaker's villaage: Shantaram All his money is stolen and, has traveler's visa expiring -- so he has to move to Prabaker's slum. On the day he arrives, there is a fire. Many people are injured and, he actually has some amature doctor training, so he becomes known as "doc."

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read for 20m on Feb 2 at 10:55 pm
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read for 20m on Jan 30 at 10:34 am
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read for 20m on Jan 29 at 12:00 pm
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read for 20m on Jan 28 at 10:50 am

Taking notes on new vocabulary, there is a lot of that. Some of his pronouncements don't work for me like "optimism, like love, is pushy" -- love is pushy and humorless?

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read for 28m on Jan 27 at 7:19 pm
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read for 20m on Jan 26 at 10:17 am
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read for 20m on Jan 25 at 11:40 pm
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read for 25m on Jan 23 at 12:12 am

Starting to like the book more. It has some lovely phrases. I don't read enough about India.

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read for 15m on Jan 21 at 10:42 pm
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read for 20m on Jan 21 at 12:01 am

getting started!