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Gomorrah: Italy's Other Mafia by [Saviano, Roberto]
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The most important book to come out of Italy in years....I could not get this brave book out of my head. The New York Times Book Review

Astonishing...Gripping...[Saviano] exhibits the passion and heroism of a young man. The Washington Post

Brilliant. The Wall Street Journal

Read this important book and you will appreciate why Italy is still a country that needs heroes like [Saviano]. The Guardian (UK)

An Engrossing book, animated by a fervor that's uncommon in American investigative reporting...As much a literary lament as a gritty expose. Mother Jones

Endlessly eye-opening and sobering. Kirkus Reviews

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"The most important book to come out of Italy in years....I could not get this brave book out of my head."--The New York Times Book Review

"Astonishing...Gripping...[Saviano] exhibits the passion and heroism of a young man."--The Washington Post

"Brilliant." --The Wall Street Journal

"Read this important book and you will appreciate why Italy is still a country that needs heroes like [Saviano]."--The Guardian (UK)

"An Engrossing book, animated by a fervor that's uncommon in American investigative reporting...As much a literary lament as a gritty expose."--Mother Jones

"Endlessly eye-opening and sobering."--Kirkus Reviews

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'The Neapolitan author is only 28, with a single blazingly vivid and courageous book to his name'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2597 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330450999
  • Publisher: Pan (5 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007R2WKRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 200 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Interesting enough story but desperately needed editing. Long lists of people( plus each nickname) many peripheral, lots of jumping from this town to that and a panoply of overlapping and often shifting family networks makes a compelling story difficult to follow.
I appreciate this is to an extent nature of 'mafiosi' but severe pruning would have told the same story better.
Also he has a descriptive mind and that's good but some of the similies and metaphors were hard to grasp if you don't know the region or subjects as well as he.

You do get an overall impression of how ingrained and intractable organised crime is in Southern Italy and increasingly Eastern Europe. The scale and ingenuity of these crime families and their grip on and their significance to the Italian economy is much more shocking than their violence- to read about that is!

The book offers no solutions, no real study of the politics of how things came to this. The view is that's how things are in the South and there you go. I found myself asking 'so what' in the end.
It highlights lots of very big problems but didn't even attempt to analyse any solutions.
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Top notch
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Not a brilliant translation and Zero, Zero, Zero shows that R.Saviano honed his knowledge and delivery but a good introduction to his frightening proposition.
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The dirty mainstream life of Naples and Campania told at first hand in a pacy realist style. Wonderful and horrific in equal measure.
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Quick delivery, great book
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Brilliant book
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The terrible reality described in the book is mind blowing.
A must read. Can not wait for his next book.
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A passionate, troubling and at times personally conflicted exposé of the Neapolitan mafia the Camorra, Roberto Saviano examines the origins, the history and the bloody rise to power of the various clans to become a powerful and influential force not just in Campania or Italy but throughout the world. In Gomorrah, in a manner that would force him to go into hiding following publication, he names names, examines the environment that gave rise to the Camorra, and tries to understand the thought processes behind their actions, behaviour and their business practices.

What is revealed is staggering and on a scale almost beyond the ability of the reader to grasp. Saviano shows a more widespread and powerful organisation than the more well-known Sicilian mafia, a confederation of clans and cartels that has its fingers in almost every aspect of world commerce - not just gun-running and drug-dealing, but in everything from the fashion industry (passing off high quality copies with the tacit agreement of the main fashion houses) to electronic goods and even monopolising the waste disposal industry. In a nice symmetry, the novel opens by looking at how all the world's commerce passes through Naples, and ends with a look at how it all comes back to Naples as waste to be illegally disposed of in the surrounding countryside.

Exceptionally well-written in this respect, full of poetic, original and insightful observations (which some clearly find difficult to read) that strive to capture the enormity of the scale of the Camorra's activities, the book can also be quite shocking, describing the killings and clan wars, the battles over territory, the grim tortures and executions carried out to anyone who opposes the System. It's a fascinating look at the manners and morals not just of the Camorra, but of the world today, of big business of the most ruthless sort taken to its ultimate extreme, with no social conscience or long-term outlook. Truly terrifying.
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