This summer I am going to do a read-a-long of Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts with Aths from Reading on a Rainy Day. Shantaram has been recommended to both of us by a couple of people, but it is really long (933 pages) so Aths and I decided that summer would be a good time to read it and that we'd give one another support.
We plan to read about 100 pages a week starting on June 1 and ending mid-August. We'll post a reading schedule just before we begin.
If you'd like to join us, let me know in the comments and include your email
so we can keep you posted on the schedule.
About the author: Gregory David Roberts was born in Melbourne, Australia. Sentenced to nineteen years in prison for a series of armed robberies, he escaped and spent ten of his fugitive years in Bombay--where he established a free medical clinic for slum-dwellers, and worked as a counterfeiter, smuggler, gunrunner, and street soldier for a branch of the Bombay mafia. Recaptured, he served out his sentence, and established a successful multimedia company upon his release. Roberts in now a full-time writer and lives in Bombay.
Summary of the book: My copy of the book doesn't have a summary since it's paperback and the reviews I've read don't give a good precise summary. Suffice it to say the book is based on the author's life (see above) and Johnny Depp has bought the film rights.