Karla relaxed against me, her foot tapping to the music coming from Love & Faith. I tipped her face to the light until she was the light, and kissed her, and we were one- Shantaram
871 pages of love, faith, a pinch of Mumbai’s underbelly and Karla. The Mountain shadow by Gregory David Roberts is the second book of the upcoming series. The first book Shantaram left me mesmerized and in love with Lin baba, and the sequel has turned out to be good. But not as awesome as the first part.
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The Mountain Shadows continues with escapades of Lin (Shantaram), who has returned to Mumbai after a brief smuggling job in Goa. Lin’s daily life unfolds on the same platforms of drug lords, Mumbai’s corrupt police and washed out expatriates. He resumes his job as a passport forger under Khader Bhai when a messenger from the mafia boss takes him on an unexpected journey. Some mysterious deaths and quotes time after time, the story starts building up with ultimately Lin finding Karla on his unexpected journey, who has remained out of his grasp almost all the time.
The Mountain Shadow has it own number of twists and turns. During the story, Lin takes a trip to Sri Lanka for a job, goes to a mountaintop with Karla to attain the faith and love that he is roaming around for. Another noticeable thing in The Mountain Shadow is the number of quotes that each character has said. It’s like you can find a thousand quotes in this book, some cliched but some really nice. This was something which was beautiful at first, but as the story continues, it gets a little annoying.
Overall, the book was a decent read. I was prepared for the number of pages after reading Shantaram, which was about 900 pages or so. I was pretty comfortable with the length and time it took me to finish the book. What I wasn’t prepared for was the mediocre story. Shantaram was able to set a standard of the story for me, but The Mountain shadow was only able to satisfy me averagely. I would have loved some additional sequences of gruesome murders and something more interesting out of Mumbai’s underbelly, but what I witnessed was an ex-convict-passport forger lurking around to find love. Maybe I wasn’t ready for this love struck Lin yet. If this side of Lin would have been introduced later in the series, the book would have turned out to be a great read. But what I read was not half as bad.
The Mountain Shadow is definitely recommended to those who have read Shantaram as they would really like to read what happened next in our favorite ex-convict’s life. For those who haven’t read Shantaram, I would request you all to read the book in series. Otherwise, you won’t be able to understand the essence of the story and Lin Baba’s philosophy.