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by surfmom
Sun Jun 05, 2005 4:16 am
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #31: And in the end...
Replies: 31
Views: 2096

In the closing paragraph of the book Roberts writes: “For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our sha...
by surfmom
Thu Jun 02, 2005 5:27 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #30: To err is human to forigive...
Replies: 32
Views: 2054

Ditto, ditto to what so many of you said!! I've been waiting to talk about forgiveness for so long that now I find myself not being able to really put into words what you all have done so eloquently!!! :thumbsup: BooRadley Wrote: Hate and it's offspring indifference, are the shackles that too often ...
by surfmom
Tue May 31, 2005 9:01 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #28: A book by any other name...
Replies: 42
Views: 2552

We do appreciate your patience on the forgiveness question It is coming, I promise!


I'm trying, I'm really trying!! ;-) I swear I've mentioned it in quite a few of my posts!!
by surfmom
Tue May 31, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #28: A book by any other name...
Replies: 42
Views: 2552

Fansmom wrote: As others have said, I agree that the name is more of a goal than a description. Somewhere in the book, Lin says "It is meaning that makes us human." That quote made me think of the meaning in his name and his goal for himself. And yes, I agree with all of you that he does get sidetr...
by surfmom
Mon May 30, 2005 7:13 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #26 - Virtue vs. Honour
Replies: 22
Views: 1369

The people in Shantaram were not honest with themselves or each other._________________ I agree that this fits the main characters: Lin (not fully honest with himself for a long time in the book), Karly, Khaderbhai, Abdullah, etc. However, the people that Lin had met in the very beginning of the bo...
by surfmom
Fri May 27, 2005 10:03 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #27 - Shorthand Shared Between Artists
Replies: 21
Views: 1373

First I agree that people that share a passion often can share the same language. I immediately thought of surfers in this context. We can go anywhere in the world and have that thread in common, share a language. I would think that any two people that have a passion for the same thing would feel th...
by surfmom
Wed May 25, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #23: Afghanistan
Replies: 22
Views: 1483

While the scenes from Afghanistan were not my favorite passages in the novel, I have to say that parts of it were also gripping. The transition from sad (death of his horse) which made me cry, to funny (Lin clinging to his horse) which had me laughing out loud, to Habib's crazy crises which made me ...
by surfmom
Wed May 25, 2005 11:55 am
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #25 - Good and Evil
Replies: 18
Views: 1754

((okay, i admit that when reading about khaderbhai's philosophy i thought it was a bit long winded and started to think of monty python's logician discussion, hence my quote regarding Alma Cogan. I wondered really how much this all needed to be in the story. was it just so the author had a forum to ...
by surfmom
Wed May 25, 2005 11:47 am
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #25 - Good and Evil
Replies: 18
Views: 1754

I also knew this question would be coming and don't feel that I have an articulate reply. I did feel that there was something to his theory. It is a simple concept in terms of "complexity". :-) He said that the universe has a nature (I agree) and that we can study nature to define good and evil. Tha...
by surfmom
Tue May 24, 2005 12:15 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #24: Happiness
Replies: 22
Views: 1675

I don't believe that you can be "too happy", but I doubt anyone can be "always happy". Like one of you said, how would one recognize happiness without knowing sadness? This reminds me of the Yin-Yang philosophy: The original meaning of Yin-Yang was the bright side- dark side. Yang is the bright side...
by surfmom
Sun May 22, 2005 10:06 pm
Forum: The Monday Night Thread
Topic: ONBC Sunday Night Thread - Reflections on the POTC Ride
Replies: 51
Views: 2937

When I was a child, about age nine I believe, we went to Disneyland in Anaheim. The entire family's favorite rides were POTC and the Haunted Mansion. I remember them being so real. Plus, it was so hot outside that the cool buildings were an added treat. The dog part of POTC was a favorite and I reme...
by surfmom
Sun May 22, 2005 7:22 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #22 - Crime and Punishment
Replies: 19
Views: 1323

Suec, I am quoting you again! I think the main thing is that Qasim Ali’s way of justice is mainly concerned with rehabilitation, while imprisonment is concerned with punishment and reparation. I think prison does little towards rehabilitation or forgiveness or allowing one to make amends of some kin...
by surfmom
Sun May 22, 2005 2:53 am
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #21 - They Always Come in Threes
Replies: 21
Views: 1295

It rings true with me because it reminds me that there really aren't any true coincidences when it comes down to it.... The quote Liz gave us alludes to that same thing by speaking of "fate"---no coincidences and the things that happen, the people we meet serve a purpose. I do believe in an interco...
by surfmom
Sat May 21, 2005 11:55 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #21 - They Always Come in Threes
Replies: 21
Views: 1295

A friend and I were just talking about the spiritualness of the number three when I saw this topic on the board. I don't agree with the quote, other than that we all have significant people in our lives that teach, love, and befriend us. It is important to recognize them if we can. Anyways, I includ...
by surfmom
Sat May 21, 2005 11:44 pm
Forum: Shantaram
Topic: Shantaram Question #20 - Real Men
Replies: 23
Views: 1681

This extract reminded me of a Rilke quotation, (whom I first encountered because of reading Fierce Invalids): " For one human being to love another: that is the ultimate, the last test of proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation." I love Rilke, Suec. Thank you! And the quote answ...

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