Book Review: Shantaram


The Booklover’s Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥

I just finished reading Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts.  It was okay.  I had this book on my “To-read” list for a long time and had heard great things about it, so I was looking forward to the book.  I have to admit that I was disappointed.

It was a good story, but Roberts needs some serious editing!  It is way to long.  I would have enjoyed the book and increased my rating if it had been about three hundred pages shorter.

My favorite part of the story is Mumbai.  Roberts does do a great job of telling us about this city and the different sections of the city.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone traveling to India and it is long enough to see you through a good bit of your excursion!

If you want to read fiction about India there are two other books I would recommend before Shantaram.  The first book is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.  This is probably one of my top five favorites of all time.  The second book is Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra.  Both of these books would get a rating of five hearts.

Book Details:   Published by St. Martin’s Griffin (Setptember 29, 2005), 944 pages, ISBN-10: 0312330537, ISBN-13: 978-0312330538

Do you judge a book by its cover?

MissingDo you often decide which book to read based on the cover?  I do!  My latest pick based on the cover is “The Missing” by Tim Gautreaux.  This book is currently on my night table and I hope to post a review soon!

I first saw this book at Costco and couldn’t wait to read it!  As my mother is a librarian, I put in my request and picked it up a couple of weeks later.

Let me know if you choose books based on the cover and if so what your most recent picks were.  I can’t wait to hear from you!