I am currently reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts on my Kindle. I am not yet done with the reading, I think about more than a hundred pages yet, but the narration is so powerful. Take this line:
“One of the reasons why we crave love, and seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, and shame, and sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying.”
According to the author, Shantaram is the 2nd book in the 4part series. The next novel, The Mountain Shadow, is a sequel to Shantaram, and will be published Sep 2010. The third book will be the prequel to Shantaram, and the fourth will be another sequel.
There were plans for a movie adaptation, but has been shelved temporarily after the writers strike years ago in the US. Johnny Depp is said to be the actor who will play the main role. Tentative start of filming is 2011.