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LA Ciudad De LA Alegria

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,872 ratings  ·  269 reviews
This is the story of living saints and heroes-- those who abandoned affluent and middle-class lives to dedicate themselves to the poor.
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Published September 1st 1995 by Planeta Pub Corp (first published 1985)
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Emon
Jul 16, 2007 Emon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book inspired by true story. To write this book, Dominique Lappier had to live in slum area in Calcutta, India for about two years. So that this slum area became the setting of the book.

The book told about the story of epic in a place called Anand Nagar or City of Joy. For Brother Stephan - a priest from Poland - came to this place made him to a suprise. He had to live in such filtry condition: a few water to share, bad sanition, etc. But, here, Stephan found the light of God that he seeked
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Vivek
I haven't read such a beautiful book in recent times. Not that the writing is all that good, but the content and the real stories of struggle,pain and the spirit to life that strives even in the worst of conditions makes you wonder about the sheer mental strength it takes to be one among the original "City of Joy".

Though the setting is quite similar to largely explored themes in Indian movies and books by now, the sheer intensity of involvement of the main characters with the many heroes of the
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Ann
Ok, so I know they made some movie based on this book with Patrick Swayze, but that is irrelevant. This book tells the story of life in India and the struggles of a family forced to leave their country home and migrate to the crowded city of Calcutta if I remember correctly. I'm pretty sure that it is not a true story, but based on real events-maybe it's historical fiction. Anyway, I thought it was great.
Adam
This was one of the most amazing books I read; it changed my life! What sticks out in my mind to this day was reading about the poor giving the very last of their food to another who was even more poor and had less.

I finished this book in the Denver International airport between flights and cried my eyes out! Such a beautiful book, I recomend everyone to read it!
Abi barlow
probably my favorite book ever. I read it in 1999 whilst i was in India, and perhaps the fact that i was there made the scenes more vivid and real for me. Its an amazing depiction of how joy love and kindness can exist in povery, squalor and hardship.
Kevin
I am not sure how to start in my review for this book. As a read it was written in a style that keeps you engaged. Alternating most chapters back and forth between two story lines allows you to become involved with the current and still be expectant about the coming chapter. Eventually both of these stories weave into one. Having just recently been to India I found the details to be accurate and he paints a viable image so you can see the story as you read it.

From a social standpoint, I was rep
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Margareth
India...Selalu menarik dijadikan latar belakang cerita. Sarat dengan beragam budayanya yang unik. Sebut saja Interpreter of Maladies, God of the Small things, Rumah untuk tuan Biswas, Namesake, dll. Ditambah lagi buku yang satu ini.

Membaca buku ini termasuk menguras emosi, ada saat kita merasa ikut terharu, miris, marah, jijik, gemas, dan takjub.

Dari buku ini kita juga bisa belajar lebih banyak tentang makna 'joy'/bahagia. Bahwa kebahagiaan bisa muncul dan ada di mana saja. Termasuk di Calcuta,
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Bunga Mawar
Bayangkan di pertengahan 1980-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 ini belum boleh membaca cerpen di "Kompas Minggu", hingga ia setia menunggu jatah membaca cerbungnya saja, menanti kisah Musashi, Kane & Abel, dan juga City of Joy ini.

Bayangkan anak sekecil itu kemudian jadi trauma dan bertekad tidak mau m
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Anil Swarup
It is one of the most amazing books one has ever come across. The pathos of chaos couldn't have been better described. The book does not celebrate poverty but the author paints an incredible picture of the denizens of this city of Joy : "The poorer they were, the more eager they were to give ". He goes to describe "the miracle of these concentration camps" where "the accumulation of disastrous elements were counter balanced by other factors that allowed their inhabitants not merely to remain ful ...more
Tucker
An exposé of poverty in wretched detail. 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: "The earthquake that shook Bihar on January 15, 1937, caused hundreds ...more
ApettaVale
Ho voluto leggere questo libro per due motivi: il primo perchè dopo essere stata a Luxor e aver visto veramente cosa vuol dire la miseria, volevo "capirla"; il secondo, perchè dopo aver visto il film tratto dal romanzo diversi anni fa ne ero rimasta veramente affascinata.
Spesso accade che troviamo il libro nettamente migliore del film; in questo caso sono semplicemente diversi. Entrambi però lasciano un messaggio, e cioè che nella società in cui viviamo, in cui abbiamo tutto, in verità possedia
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Kim Godard
This book is as eye-opening as a trip to another planet. And that is what the Calcutta of the story is: a place so far removed from the average American's experience that to go there would be life-changing. The resiliency and inner peace of its inhabitants are marvelous to behold as story after heart-wrenching story unfolds. The stark differences between first-world and third-world problems is almost incomprehensible, but my thanks for this book and the attempts of its author to make me fully ap ...more
Nandita Goswami
One of the best books I've read so far. Brings the reader face to face with the the people who lived in the Calcutta slums - their struggles , their pain , their joy and their magic. Dominique Lapierre writes a total unbiased account of the the people living in the new born independent India. His narrative transports you to the city of joy where people are the happiest ,despite living in the worst possible conditions. A learning lesson , indeed.
Steel
Aug 12, 2007 Steel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bleeding Hearts
This book is the story of a Catholic priest who goes to live in Calcutta and decides to suffer along with the very poor. It's deliberately sentimental, heartwrenching, and written in a basic journalistic style. It was certainly an awakening, and was deeply motivating as well as being frequently very sad. A wonderful kind of crusader book with very clear heroes, villains, and saints.
Namedoris Powell
Lest you think I can read French, I read the English version. But this has been one of my most favorite books. It was written in the 1980's so I hope the City of Joy ( a slum in Calcutta) has changed a great deal since then. I got the book because I am going to see the movie soon and wanted to read the book first. It was well worth it. Father Kovalski enters the City of Joy as an inhabitant. He does what he can to ease the suffering of the people who live there. Harasi is a rickshaw driver who e ...more
Claire
It is a beautiful story of Calcutta. For anyone who knows me - there's a scene with a Nestle poster in a clinic which reads "Nestle will make your baby healthy" which resonated with me and highlighted the frustrations felt by the doctor working in the slums. But also a really nice story of family and hope.
Harendera Chauhan
Dominique has done the best to picture the situation of Calcutta of that time, The way he have displayed his characters to justify circumstances of poverty stricken people is amazing. He brought out the heart wrenching of human beings and their deeds in poverty.
Kristen Ringman
Loved it - read it - then went to Calcutta where I got to ride past THIS ACTUAL PLACE in a bus after hugging the second largest Banyan tree in the world and - wow...powerful story and even more powerful city.
Francesco Stufare Mecarelli
Non ci si può ritenere amanti della letteratura se non si ha letto mai un libro di D. La. Pierre. In questo romanzo poi descrive l'India e la mentalità dei suoi abitanti in maniera unica!
Kirtida Gautam
One of the most significant spiritual experience of my life has happened around this book. I had moved to Mumbai. Loneliness and depression were my accompanying emotions- 24*7. During those days, I didn't use to have money and I used to travel by buses. I was reading this book on the bus. The conductor gave me the ticket. He asked me how did I find the book? Now, this is not a title you expect to be read by the bus conductor. But he told me he has read the book. He started talking with me about ...more
Sneh Pradhan
This book , unlike any other tomes on "real " India , did not in any way appear to be enamoured by the "exoticness" of India . Instead it presents a nuanced narrative of the realities of this country viz the caste system , omnipresent superstitions , ignorance , illiteracy , patriarchy and poverty , but does so without overtly bashing it . Sans supporting the inherent evils of Indian society and the country, in general , the essence of this beautiful book is just aptly summarised in this one sen ...more
DuniaFriskaIndah
Hanya tiga hari bagiku untuk menyelesaikan buku ini. 'The Classic New York Times Bestseller-Terjual Lebih dari 6 juta kopi dan telah diterjemahkan ke dalam 31 bahasa'. Hanya satu kata untuk menggambarkan buku ini. 'Amazing'. Suatu kisah nyata dari pengarang.

Buku setebal 749 ini mengangkat kehidupan orang yang dilupakan di Calcutta. Secara garis besar hanya ada 2 tokoh utama dalam buku ini yaitu Hasari Pal dan Stephan Kovalski.
Tokoh pertama adalah Hasari adalah 'mantan' petani dari Desa Bengkuli,
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Endah
Bahwa India adalah sebuah negeri dengan jumlah penduduk sangat besar, saya sudah tahu. Juga bahwa negeri besar itu penuh dengan orang miskin, bukanlah berita baru. Itu hal biasa yang kita jumpai pada banyak negara dunia ketiga. Tetapi bahwa di sana ada sebuah perkampungan kumuh bernama Anand Nagar yang berarti Negeri Bahagia (The City of Joy) dengan penghuninya yang berada pada tingkat kemiskinan paling mengerikan di dunia, saya baru mengetahuinya setelah membaca buku ini. Nama yang sungguh berl ...more
Murray
Although this is a novel, it is based on two years of 'up close and personal' research by Dominique Lapierre. The City of Joy referred to is one of the most poverty stricken slums of 1980's Bombay. This is a place of murder, riots, sewage that flows into houses, scorpions and death through exhaustion. It is also a place of many, many acts of selfless kindness, love and moments of spiritual transcendence. All of this is captured in Dominique's expert writing, and at times moved this reader to tea ...more
Pawan
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This is also one of the most talked about book that became more famous after the movie adaptation. This was the first book that I had read from Dominique Lapierre and at that time I was not sure on what to expect. But the reviews about the book made me curious. On one hand it was a popular book but at the same time it was based on slum dwellers of Kolkata and written in documentary style. But this is where the unique way of writing of Dominique Lapierre scores way
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Raj
The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of a young Polish priest, Stephan Kovalski, the hardships endured by a rickshaw puller, Hasari Pal (the sufferer) in Calcutta (Kolkata), India and the experiences of a young, American doctor, Max Lowe.The book chronicles not only the separation of the wealthy from the poor but the separation of the different levels of poverty, caste divisions, and the differences of the many religions living side by side in the slums. It touches on Mother Ter ...more
Pnyxis
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Mi primer encuentro con Dominique Lapierre fue, como todo lo bueno en esta vida, puramente casual. O lo casual que puede ser encontrarse un libro suyo en la estantería de tu cuarto. Ese libro, que debía de ser de mi padre, era Más grandes que el amor, un impresionante testimonio de la lucha de varios médicos de EEUU contra el virus más fatídico de nuestros días: el sida. Conocido ya el autor no era difícil prever que, como la c
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Lorraine
Just finished reading The City of Joy and although difficult to get into for the first half of the book its ending was poignant and left me really wanting to know more about Calcutta and its people.

I am a great fan of literature that is set in India and this book seemed to portray a very real and raw sense of what it is really like living in the slums. The main characters, a Polish priest (Kovalski) and a refugee from outside of Calcutta (Hasari Pal) share so many parallels as they come to the
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Dina P.
This book was first published in 1985. The plot centered on three main characters who live in the slum area, City of Joy of Calcutta: Hasari Pal, a peasant turned out into a rickshaw puller whose family spent years living in the pavement, Stephan Kovalski, a Poland priest who live in the slum area just because he wants to “really know anything about poor people”, and Max Loeb, a rich American young doctor who naively came to Calcutta to “help people who need help”.

The life in Calcutta was so ter
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Debbie Phillips
I loved this book. It's non-fiction (which I don't typically read), and it's set in the slums of Calcutta, India. The chapters bounce between the stories of an Indian rickshaw puller and a Polish priest who has decided to immerse himself in life in the slums. Conditions are horrid (lepers with gangrene, sleeping on the streets, scouring the landfill for treasures to sell, sewer employees on strike and the sewers overflowing everywhere during monsoon season) but the level of happiness some of the ...more
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Dominique Lapierre was born in Châtelaillon-Plage, Charente-Maritime, France. At the age of thirteen, he travelled to America with his father who was a diplomat (Consul General of France). He attended the Jesuit school in New Orleans and became a paper boy for the New Orleans Item. He developed interests in travelling, writing and cars.

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