Mountain Shadow Question #20--What was the point?

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

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Mountain Shadow Question #20--What was the point?

Unread postby Liz » Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:54 pm

What was this book about? What was the theme or point?
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Mountain Shadow Question #20--What was the point?

Unread postby nebraska » Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:32 pm

My expectation was that this book would be a continuation of the Shantaram story. I thought the book would tell me what happened in the lives of the characters I had come to know in the first book. As if Shantaram was beginning/middle and the Mountain Shadow was middle/end. That was what I wanted it to be. In that view, characters interacted and things happened in the world, and there was a natural emotional journey as a result, but the emotional journey was incidental. I thought the whole Madame Zhou story line was exciting and fascinating, for instance. It was a lot of action with little emotional transformation.

Since coming to the question and answer part of ONBC "doing" the Mountain Shadow, I have read different comments about a spiritual transformation being the point of the book. Perhaps that is what was supposed to be the central theme and it went over my head. That could cause the endless philosophical discussions and lectures and aphorism exchanges to make more sense. In that view, the interior dialog and journey was the point of the book and all the physical characters and their actions were a side story to help move the spiritual journey along.

In a way, I think the book tried to have it both ways and the end result was a rambling jumble. I am unsure what the point was.

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Mountain Shadow Question #20--What was the point?

Unread postby Liz » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:09 am

nebraska wrote:In a way, I think the book tried to have it both ways and the end result was a rambling jumble. I am unsure what the point was.

Me too.
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Mountain Shadow Question #20--What was the point?

Unread postby fireflydances » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:37 pm

In a sense, maybe Roberts tried too hard. He had a great story with Shantaram, and a bunch of folks dying to see what would happen next. And part of that was how Lin would grow and change, how the prisoner would grow into another kind of man. But trying for an overarching truth? Or to make it all work out right? I don't completely understand.
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