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Shantaram

By Gregory David Roberts

This was recommended to me, I started it last night - it's 932 pages, of quite small print!

Has anyone read it?

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Grannie Cool

Shantaram.

Naughty, naughty.......... you should be reading the third book of the Larsson Trilogy!!!!!!!!!

Shantaram

Ha ha! Oh Eagle Eyes, I mean Grannie... I just wanted to leave a bit of time between the two. I feel sad that it will be last ever Larsson book so don't want to get it all over and done with quickly.

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Liz from Cumbria

How is Shantaram shaping up Nor?

Is it one you would recommend?

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JAMES

Books.

Im reading number 1 of the Larson trilogy at the mo.

I know you guys said it starts slow but will anything EVER happen!!!!!!!

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Larsson Trilogy

James - what page are you on....?

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JAMES

Larson.

You can't tell on a kindle!

Im 12% through, reading section 1138-47 from a total of 9255.

This part of a kindle takes a bit of getting used to!

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the girl who......

Well I think there are about 840 pages, which means 12% is 100 pages in. Keep going, it took me at least another 100....

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Nausea Bagwash

The girl....

....who never gets anywhere". I bought a copy of "The GwtDT" on the basis of recommendations on here.

I have to agree with James. I've started it 4 times in the last ten days and every time I keep finding something more pressing to do - like watching the washing machine go round!

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SonyaK

The girl with the dragon tattoo

I didn't find it that bad at the start, but my OH needed a lot of persuasion to keep going. Then, once it 'took off' he was hooked! And read the next 2 straight away!!

But I'd say Nor is right - maybe 200+ pages, so keep going James!! It is worth it, In my opinion and many, many others!!

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JAMES

The Girl.

Well, I will keep going then.

I got distracted yesterday though, a book I'd been waiting for finally arrived on my doorstep so I started reading it last night and suddenly realised it was 4.30 am and I'd finished it....

Back to The Girl.... then.

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The Girl

James I took loads of persuasion to buy it, I knew everyone was raving about it but every time I picked it up in the book shop and read the synopsis it put me right off!

Finally, after much encouragement on here, I took the plunge and it WAS hard going, and I wasn't convinced it would ever get going, but it did and I ended up enjoying it despite all my reservations. I read the second one really quickly and am saving number three for when we go to Sweden at Christmas as I thought it would be nice to read it in the country it is based in. Plus - there is only four hours of daylight....!

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Nausea Bagwash

larson

Basically, then, what we are saying is that these books are badly written?

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JAMES

Larson.

"Basically, then, what we are saying is that these books are badly written?"


Can't see how you've come to that conclusion, Nausea. No one here has said that.

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Nausea Bagwash

Dragon Tatoo

Well, really, because the consensus seems to be that in the beginning they are hard to get into and don't hold the reader. Having to plough through 100 pages of turgid meanderings before you get to the good bits is hardly the sign of a well-written book.

Engaging your reader early in a story would seem to be an essential if you are going to have a successful career as a writer but as he popped his clogs after only 3 books this doesn't apply. It would have been interesting to see the way his career would have gone if he had carried on writing.

 
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