Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Book Club: Shantaram

I have a book club at my work that meets at lunch the last Friday of every month. We started the book club July 2007, and it's been tres fun! We read so many different genres of books...books that I normally wouldn't have chosen myself. A few of the books that we have read are Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts, Fluke, or I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (see? an ECLECTIC group of books!)

The discussions are thoughtful and light...and since there aren't many of us in the group, the setting is intimate! The book we are reading this month is called Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. This 933-page book is PHENOMENAL and I look forward to picking it up every evening! It is about a man who has escaped from jail in Austrailia and heads to Bombay, India to 'hide-out'. Shantaram is loosely based on the author's own experiences. Roberts describes so many delectable Indian dishes and, I have to admit, a couple of times I have been enticed to head for an Indian buffet at Ajanta! I'm also tempted to try Chai (please note: I hate tea) because it seems to be the drink of choice in India! Anyway...I highly recommend this book to everyone out there! I have pasted a picture below (you know, so you can see what the cover looks like when you go to the store to buy it!)

UPDATE: I hate chai. Although it doesn't taste like regular tea, the weird-spicy taste did not sit well with my buds (tastebuds...get it? get it?...nevermind).

1 comment:

Andrea & Kevin said...

Your ability to read massive amounts of literature is impressive to me. I'll have to take your word that the almost-thousand page book is a good one! ;-)

P.S. you've been tagged. (see my blog)