Shantaram Book Question

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Shantaram Book Question

Unread postby Liz » Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:15 pm

I have a question to those of you who have read both Shantaram and A Million Little Pieces:

Did you find any parallels?

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Unread postby lumineuse » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:14 pm

Sorry, Liz - I haven't read A Million Little Pieces yet. I have been tempted to pick it up though - should I??
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Unread postby Liz » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:22 pm

Hi Lumi. Unfortunately I have not read it. It is a friend of mine from my hometown who brought it up. She wants to know what others think but doesn't know anyone who's read both books. So I thought I'd ask here.
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Unread postby lumineuse » Sat Jan 14, 2006 10:26 pm

It got decidedly mixed reviews at amazon. I know Oprah picked it, but she picks a LOT of depressing books, IMHO. Obviously the addiction is a commonality. Did your friend read both and see some similarities??
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Unread postby bluebird » Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:15 am

I've not read it either, but when I read an article about the whole flap about A Million Little Pieces, the article described the book in just a few sentences and I remember thinking it sounded vaguely like Shantaram....
Will have to check it out, unless someone here has read both.



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Unread postby karla » Sun Jan 15, 2006 2:42 am

I personally found almost no similarities between the two books at all other than on the surface.

Shantaram is a brilliantly written, insightful, fictional biography of a very courageous, intelligent, creative man who suffered greatly and was open to learning life's lessons. Every one I have recommended it to has really liked it and in fact has purchased their own copy, in many cases to highlight the wonderful insights that Roberts shares.

A Million Little Pieces, written a few years ago and not really recognized until Oprah's blessing is an overexaggeration and dramatization of Frey's life. I read it last year before any of the recent press and immediately recognized the sensationalism style. I have not recommended it to anyone.

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Unread postby lumineuse » Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:05 am

karla wrote:A Million Little Pieces, written a few years ago and not really recognized until Oprah's blessing is an overexaggeration and dramatization of Frey's life. I read it last year before any of the recent press and immediately recognized the sensationalism style. I have not recommended it to anyone.


Interesting to hear you say that, karla - it seems that many of the reviewers on amazon share your thoughts.
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Unread postby Jackslady » Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:10 pm

I'm afraid I haven't read the second book so can't comment on it, but I am now about a third of the way through Shantaram. I first started it last year and couldn't get into it at all, but I have persevered this month and I am starting to truly enjoy it! It is not at all the sort of story I would normally read, but I am learning so much from it and GDR gives such a vivid and heartfelt narrative. I am starting to like Lin and Karla and to care about them, and I am also much more interested in the movie. Were it not for Johnny and this forum I would not have begun reading Shantaram at all. :cool: When I get the chance I will check out the Shantaram discussions from last year.
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Unread postby Liz » Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:05 pm

karla wrote:I personally found almost no similarities between the two books at all other than on the surface.

Shantaram is a brilliantly written, insightful, fictional biography of a very courageous, intelligent, creative man who suffered greatly and was open to learning life's lessons. Every one I have recommended it to has really liked it and in fact has purchased their own copy, in many cases to highlight the wonderful insights that Roberts shares.

A Million Little Pieces, written a few years ago and not really recognized until Oprah's blessing is an overexaggeration and dramatization of Frey's life. I read it last year before any of the recent press and immediately recognized the sensationalism style. I have not recommended it to anyone.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these two books, Karla. :cool:
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