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City of Joy [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Dominique Lapierre , Michael York
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Publisher: Redback (1 Jan 1991)
  • ASIN: B000N3Z6QC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,651,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
City of Joy, quite simply, is the most evocative book I have ever read. For those readers who have seen the film, it bears no relationship to the book except in the vaguest sense. The characters have been changed and it does not tingle the senses in the same unforgettable way. Life in Calcutta is portrayed in such fine detail that when the sewers overflow in the monsoon rains, you actually smell the stench. You can see the children picking over the rubbish tips, taking home their findings, the families living in the streets, and the bicycles all but run over your toes. By the end of the book, it is all one can do not to hop on the first plane to India to help the poor unfortunates who make up such an appreciable part of the city. In the opening chapters, I had to be a little tenacious to give the tale time to unfold, but after that, I did not want to stop until the book was finished - and I was left wanting more, much more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic life changing book 1 April 2011
By Amy
An amazing true story, about a Christian man going to live with the people in the slums, as they live, rather than most aid workers who stay in the local 4 star hotel! Really good insight into how people live in slums of India and tales of their lives. Made me laugh and made me cry. This book is esy to read and definitely had a big influence on the way I think about others, about faith and sprituality and also about what is missing in our lives when we thought we had it all! One of the best books I've ever read - truly inspirational!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By jem
I first read this book about 20 years ago, since then I have bought it for many friends, who I have thought would enjoy it in the way that I did. Don't be put off by the rather naff film tie-in cover, or be tempted to watch the film. Its the kind of book that really changes how you look at life, and what you see as being your part in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read about real life 1 Oct 2007
City of Joy...first came to my attention some years ago as the movie, i`m not even sure if i`d heard of it before but something compelled me to watch it as it was based on fact! I was touched by the film........and this left me wanting to get a copy of the book. What a totally amazing story of peoples spirit. You feel for the characters, even though you will never know them. It makes you sit up and take stock of what`s important in your life. For some, it may be money, others material things or it could even be religion.You realise that for these people in this story, the crux of their life is..... simply surviving from day to day. Read this book, and be prepared to be taken on a journey and be amazed....!! I was!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars uplifting 5 Sep 2007
Having spent a few days in Kolkata I felt obliged to buy the book. I put off reading it until I had run out of alternatives. Then I couldn't put it down. 30 years ago the Lord of the Rings forced me to take 3 days off college to read cover to cover - this book has had a similar impact. Read it and you start to understand Kolkata/India, the trouble is you can't explain it to those who have not been and have not read the book. You also start to feel total inadequate, as a tourist, as a rich westerner, as a person. Read it if you dare to find out about the real India then go to Kolkata if you want to find out about the real you. Be careful though - you will not want to come back.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I read this book before going to Kolkata for volunteer work. I couldn't have prepared better with this beautifully written, passionate novel of the amazing world of Kolkata. If you want to experience India or just read an amazing novel about the joy in the midst of poverty or the heroes who fought to eradicate it then this is the book for you.

This is in my mind one of the books that has influenced me the most in my life, buy it you won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City of Joy 17 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So much more than in the film which was excellent and led me to buying this book. The film only shows a small part of this book so there is plenty to get your teeth into here. It can be a bit heavy for night time reading but a great read all the same. A tough life, one that is hard to imagine when you live in a rich country.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was just good... 23 July 2009
I've just finished this book and thought it was quite good but nothing more. I felt it went off on random journeys at times but overall it was good - the second half in particular when the main characters met. The afterword was very moving to see the effect the book has had on the slum of Anand Nagar and its definately made me want to get involved in anyway I can help.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good book - thoroughly enjoyable
Published 25 days ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars City of Joy
One of the best books I have read about India, it really gives you a sense of how desperate the lives of the poor can become, and yet how their struggle is inspiring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MBS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy
Ordered this book as a book group read. The book is in an excellent condition and was packaged perfectly, with extra plastic to keep it dry and clean.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs C S Cleveland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book giving insights into slum life in Calcutta
The book was a bit old-looking and slightly dusty, however at 1 pence second-hand plus p&p I won't be picky about that! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kirb078
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy reading
Chosen for a book club read. Could not get to grips with it or the subject matter. Felt like I was wading through the s*** with him.
Published 11 months ago by Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely entertainment
French with English sub- titles which are no bother. The story is beautiful and although slightly different than the book, it tells a very true story about a country which is very... Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban India in the Raw. Magnificent.
I have experience of rural India but only visited a couple of the larger cities.l have also come across such icredible humane people like Dominique Lapierre, albeit they had very... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ricky Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Has to be read by all compassionate people
Well written compelling and thought provoking.tells of a world we do not begin to comprehend and the indominable nature of the poor
Published 16 months ago by trev
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant
Wonderful read. Humbling and inspiring at the same time. Will shake your self confidence a little. Any one know where I can hire the DVD?
Published 17 months ago by R. A. Mccomas
1.0 out of 5 stars City Of Joy
As this book had an English title I naturally assumed it was written in English. To find it was in French, which I cannot read, was most disappointing.
Published 21 months ago by mr m white
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