clothes and books in a knapsack and a small valise. We notice the Hebrew On the door Max and Joan have come through: "City of Joy. Self Help School. Cover of: The City of Joy | Dominique Lapierre City of Joy from Clare Wise de Wet. Are you sure There's no description for this book yet. The City of Joy book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Made into a movie starring Patrick Swayze, this is the inspiring s.

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DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE has touched many people through his life and work. His first taste of fame followed the summer when he was 17 years old and left Paris. City of Joy is a novel by Dominique Lapierre. It was adapted into film by Roland Joffé in . Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Download City of Joy ebook freeType: ebook pdf, ePub Publisher: Full CircleReleased: April 2, Page Count: Language.

Lapierre's time in Calcutta gave him still another best-seller, The City of Joy. This book, which was made into a major motion picture starring Patrick Swayze, has sold over seven million copies.

It tells the epic survival story of the population of one of India's poorest slums. It was rewarded with the prestigious U. While researching in Calcutta, Lapierre became a close associate of Mother Teresa who gave him the exclusive authorization to write a film on her life and the work of her sisters, the Missionaries of Charity. Lapierre's script has been nominated by the prestigious Humanitas Prize for communicating the best values.

Lapierre's last book A Thousand Suns is currently a huge best-seller in Europe. It appeared in March in the U. With its royalties, the author has been able to expand his humanitarian action in India to eradicate tuberculosis in over 1, villages of the Ganges delta. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified download. I spent five years in India, the first two in Calcutta. I was appalled the first day to see fragile two wheel-rickshaws parked near my apartment corner. Winner of Best Documentary Film awards at an array of film festivals, it's sometimes a challenge to watch.

Stories told with such detailed sexual violence and such intimacy cannot help but elicit profound emotions. It's rare to encounter a hero such as Dr. City of Joy assures that they won't be forgotten.

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Why do you think people like Dr. In what ways is their work rewarding to them? View all 8 comments. Sep 08, Susanna Meynle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kolkata is the one place in India that I travel to often. One of the places I actually want to go to college to.

To say this book changed my life is too much of an understatement. This book warms my heart as much as it breaks my heart. My dad is Indian but he's not from mainland India, so he belongs to 'Tribal India'. We stay in a small city which was popularly known in the old days and until now as "Scotland of the East" due to the fact that the weather is pretty pleasant here as compared to Kolkata is the one place in India that I travel to often.

We stay in a small city which was popularly known in the old days and until now as "Scotland of the East" due to the fact that the weather is pretty pleasant here as compared to other parts of India. Why I'm adding this, is to shamefully share that though I am half Indian I have no idea whatsoever about the life of the greater population of India- the farmers, the poor, the peasants.

When I was in Kolkata as a kid with my parents, more than once the ignorant thought crossed my mind when I saw homeless people on the streets, "Why do they even come and live in the city anyway when they can easily farm in the countryside?

Well the answer is No. This book primarily follows the story of the oldest son in a family who is forced to leave his ancestral, drought ridden village, in search of a better job in the city of Calcutta. He takes along with him his wife and children. The author takes us along in the protagonist's search for any job that comes his way, as well as any means he can get to provide for his family.

Sacrificing himself along the way. Then we follow a Polish priest who comes to live in the City of Joy. He lives among the poorest and the shunned, learning their ways and trying to let them accept him.

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The story includes the community of the leprous, who are secluded in one part of the slum area. It includes a woman who is desperate for money to feed her kids- desperate enough to sacrifice one on the way. It includes a society that comes to love the 'white man' living among them as one of their own.

It includes the complicated intricacies of the old Hindu marriage. It includes people, people like you and me. It is only when I read this book that it hit me- they too have a story, they too have dreams, hopes and aspirations for the future. No, they're not happy to beg and send their children out to look for scraps, they have no choice.

It is only when I read this book that my eyes were opened about how twisted and complicated the system really is.

How it isn't as simple as it looks. Just how wretched our society is. And yet, in the midst of all this twisted, wretched and complicated system- that you can still find peace, hope, satisfaction, happiness and most importantly: Joy, in the smallest things of life.

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Selalu menarik dijadikan latar belakang cerita. Sarat dengan beragam budayanya yang unik. Ditambah lagi buku yang satu ini. Membaca buku ini termasuk menguras emosi, ada saat kita merasa ikut terharu, miris, marah, jijik, gemas, dan takjub. Bahwa kebahagiaan bisa muncul dan ada di mana saja. Termasuk di Calcuta, India Orang2 yang dipandang miskin di sini ternyata jauh lebih kaya, karena mereka selalu rela berbagi dari apa yg mereka miliki sekarang.

Punya pisang 5, pisangnya dibagi ke tetangganya yang ga punya apa2 untuk dimakan. Mereka ga berpikir untuk menyimpan untuk besok, mereka juga ga mengkhawatirkan hari esok. Kekhawatiran mereka yah hanya hari ini. Jadi ingat ayat Alkitab di Matius 6: Kesusahan sehari cukuplah untuk sehari. Di antaranya keharusan membayar mahar untuk menantu pria, membuat pesta perkawinan dll. Bahkan untuk meminta didoakan pun harus punya duit. Orang2 miskin di Calcuta bahkan mudah sekali untuk mengadopsi tetangganya, padahal memenuhi kebutuhan keluarga yang ada saja mereka sudah tidak sanggup.

View all 6 comments. Ho voluto leggere questo libro per due motivi: Spesso accade che troviamo il libro nettamente migliore del film; in questo caso sono semplicemente diversi.

Vediamo anche come un uomo di fede, Paul Lambert, riesca a superare i limiti della propria cultura e soprattutto della propria religione per entrare in comunione con un universo di persone totalmente diverse nell'estremo bisogno di aiutarle.

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Vorrei davvero avere la fortuna di conoscere una persona come lui nella mia vita. Mi dispiace solo che l'autore non riesca ad essere coinvolgente come meriterebbe la storia, solo verso la fine del libro si provano emozioni che rendono giustizia ai personaggi, prima ci si ritrova spesso con freddi elenchi di fatti successi a Calcutta.

Bayangkan di pertengahan an itu ada seorang anak kelas dua SD, di Jakarta pinggiran. Bayangkan anak itu hanya mendapat uang jajan duapuluhlima rupiah seminggu, sedangkan teman sekelasnya ada yang menghabiskan jajan seratus rupiah sehari.

Bayangkan anak sekecil itu kemudian jadi trauma dan bertekad tidak mau m Bayangkan di pertengahan an itu ada seorang anak kelas dua SD, di Jakarta pinggiran. Bayangkan anak sekecil itu kemudian jadi trauma dan bertekad tidak mau makan makanan India yang kental dan pedas, karena menyerap kalimat di cerita terakhir: Ia mengetuk papan tuts Embi-nya, bingung mau memulai review ini dari mana. Jan 19, C-shaw rated it liked it. This book deserves the kudos which it has always received.

What a heartbreaking, interesting story, based upon true lives of Calcutta's poorest-of-the-poor. Sad story, very hard to read about the plight of these people.

An interesting fact: Dominique LaPierre's wife is also named Domimique! Jun 24, Hitesh added it. It will inspire you to be extremely hopeful of life.

It will make you so much more humble and grounded. The book has instances that will make you shiver and yet provide invaluable lessons of life.

Dec 20, Nandini rated it did not like it. Poverty-and-disease porn. Horrible horrible white-supremacist book.

Amazing, inspiring and perspective changing book!! Una obra maestra. No, optimista no es la palabra: Un canto esperanzador. Una luz que brilla en las tinieblas.

Somos -igual que Lambert- tranformados a medida que leemos y conocemos la vida en el slum. Este es uno de mis fragmentos favoritos: Me parece que hoy te encuentras muy bien. La leprosa acariciaba el rostro del sacerdote como para palpar la vida. Lecture indispensable. Read books to live those lives that you could never have. When I picked up this book to get a relief from the bunch of overwhelmingly high soaring books which I had been reading recently, little did I know that it was a cornucopia of humanity which would leave an everlastin Read books to live those lives that you could never have.

But I guess that's why it feels so goddamn wonderful to beat the odds. La storia intreccia le vite di personaggi diversi. Poi la vita di un sacerdote francese all'interno della baraccopoli ed infine quella di un medico americano, di nome Max, che decide di lasciare tutto e trasferirsi in India.

Infine, ho trovato lo stile molto scorrevole, nonostante la presenza di termini indiani, e le descrizioni molto accurate. All'interno del libro ho sottolineato anche numerosi passaggi che mi sono piaciuti quando un libro mi piace lo riempio di post it e vorrei riportarne due: Solo la speranza di un altro giorno di vita. In una metropoli di quelle dimensioni c'era sempre qualche briciola da raccattare. Eppure mi sbagliavo. Quegli spettri viveno. Si davano spintoni, litigavano, scherzavano.

People die slowly from backbreaking work or from hunger, or their limbs melt from leprosy long after their families have banished them because of the disease, or they fall into festering sewers and drown unnoticed. The slums of Calcutta arose due to an influx of people who exchanged the deprivation of the rural life for urban poverty, which was just another kind of precarious existence: No matter how spare his living conditions, he is perceived as rich, because he is sometimes able to make food and medicine appear in emergencies, whereas the truly poor among the Indians did not have such power.

This is a seemingly unending epic, without a plot or a strong narrative drive. It was based on the author's experiences and research, features real people, and is essentially a non-fiction collection of vignettes.

The eunuchs appear three-quarters of the way through this very long book. The named eunuch is Kalima, after the goddess of destruction. No surprises there; the author mostly gives a straightforward explanation of the hijra and their social role. Sep 23, Jessica Culhane rated it it was amazing. I read The City of Joy almost twenty years ago, in middle school.

It had a profound effect on me, so when I saw a copy of it a few months ago in a book store, I bought it immediately. The second reading did not disappoint. Much of the scenery of s Calcutta was familiar to me as a tourist earlier this year to an entirely different part of India: Wild traffic, marigolds, eunuchs, kurtas and saris.

Truly Kafkaesque bureaucracy.The family's story is more powerful because it is not unique. But he told me he has read the book. The slum dwellers are ignored and exploited by wider society and the authorities of power but are not without their own prejudices. Father Stephan joins a religious order whose vows put them in the most hellish places on earth. They took care of me. To complete the dowry, Hasari had to sell his dead body for medical purposes.