Why did I love this book?
If I were consigned to a deserted island and could choose only one book to bring with me, it would be Shantaram. This is so much more than a fictionalized memoir; it is an epic journey, an exploration of the heart, a pilgrimage of the soul, and a treatise on the human spirit. The writing is flawless, with phrases exquisitely wrought, more poetry than prose. Deeply powerful and moving, this novel epitomizes the essence of humanity in all its triumphs and tragedies.