A friend recommended a novel to me about 6 months ago, Shantaram, with which I initially struggled but to which I finally succumbed and then couldn’t put down.
The friend told me that it was based on a true story, which intrigued me since the book’s events and characters are sometimes brutal, mostly immoral, widely illegal but almost always naively filled with that weird sense of ‘honour’ which seems to permeate literary genres aimed at men.
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to Google the author to find out more.
He has long hair in a pony tail *shudder* and judging from his website he is even more charmless, arrogant and self-obsessed than the majority of auteurs.
I am appalled, mainly at myself – I knew I shouldn’t look him up.
However, the book is certainly worth reading, though it would have benefitted from some heavy editing (without making odious and obvious gender-specific generalisations about males erroneously equating size with quality, this book is far too large and long). Then again, if I were his editor I think I’d have been too terrified to cut anything, too, he’s clearly a pretty scary bloke.