I recommend: Shantaram


I truly love this book for many reasons. Its written in a way that want you to turn every page, even if the quality might have been a little better for true perfection. But it doesn`t matter, because this book is based on real experiences, and I love the philosophy this man lives by. I also like the characters, especially some of the Indians, because you see how people who have little, still can be so happy that it’s almost unbelievable. It inspires me and make me feel some kind of awe, because there is so many good things in live, especially good and wonderful people. It`s a true story about suffering, taking chances and getting up when it rains the most. It’s also a scary portrait of humans dark sides, but we can`t see the good without recognizing the bad.





9 thoughts on “I recommend: Shantaram

    beaufreedom said:
    April 3, 2013 at 17:24

    I started this book a while ago! but i abandoned it, i must get back to it and finish the wonderful story i left behind. 🙂

    Still not giving in | Free psychology said:
    July 5, 2013 at 11:26

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    Anthony Turi said:
    March 27, 2014 at 21:37

    Hi there. Thank you for mentioning this amazing, amazing book. I love this book SO much. It is an incredible piece of writing, and reading it was an event for me. I still remember the excitement I felt whilst reading it. An excitement I still feel. Truly epic, in the best sense of the word.

      mirrorgirl responded:
      March 27, 2014 at 21:53

      It is probably one of my favorites, and I`ve read a lot. Some of the scenes are imprinted inside, and I usually forget and leave books behind (some exceptions off course). Do you have other book recommendations for me?

        Anthony Turi said:
        March 27, 2014 at 22:02

        Sure: Colum McCann, ‘Let the Great World Spin’… a really emotional journey. Anything by Paul Auster (or his wife Siri Hustvedt). Anything by Murakami. In terms of inspiring me to write my book about living in Rome, a big influence on me was ‘Anthony Doerr, and his ‘Four Seasons in Rome’. And in terms of psychology/therapy, ‘Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality’ (by Perls, Hefferline and Goodman). The title of this book says it all really…

        mirrorgirl responded:
        March 27, 2014 at 22:13

        I have to go to sleep now, but this was too interesting to not answer 😀 I absolutely love Murakami and Auster. It is the mood they color every chapter with, and the mystery (maybe they are somehow the same?) so now I can`t wait to read the other ones. I am quite sure I will love the book about Gestalt therapy. Maybe its the last bit of information I need for my therapeutic approach? I`ve been working on a theory the last months, and now I`m ready to research it (must just get the funds, first). Have you seen my kindness project, btw? http://lovefreepsychology.blogspot.no

        Anthony Turi said:
        March 29, 2014 at 15:47

        Great! Another Murakami and Auster fan. I see the two of them as kind of like trans-Pacific soul brothers! And from what I have read, there is certainly some resonance in your approach with Gestalt theory. By the way, my favourite introduction to Gestalt is by Dave Mann, ‘Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques’ – a lovely concise encapsulation of so many great ideas, in 100 short chapters….. By the way, I love the idea of the Kindness Project too, as I checked out your site. What a wonderful idea. 🙂

        mirrorgirl responded:
        March 27, 2014 at 22:14

        Oh, my! I didn`t know she was his wife. Have “what I loved” at home, still unread (never get to many of my books. Probably too busy writing and dreaming about reading)

        Anthony Turi said:
        March 29, 2014 at 15:49

        ‘What I Loved’ is brilliant. I love her non-fiction writing too (I’ve quoted her a fair few times in articles on my site!). Her collection, ‘Living, Thinking, Looking’ covers so many subjects – she fuses Philosophy, Art, Literature, Psychology and so much else besides in her writing. Really great.

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