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LA Ciudad De LA Alegria

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,132 ratings  ·  289 reviews
This is the story of living saints and heroes-- those who abandoned affluent and middle-class lives to dedicate themselves to the poor.
Published September 1st 1995 by Planeta Pub Corp (first published 1985)
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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
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!
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
The person who lent me this book was not someone I consider a close friend. When I gave it back to her she asked me if I "enjoyed" it. Without thinking, I responded, "It's not the kind of book you "enjoy", it's the kind of book that changes your life." She didn't get it.

It certainly changed my perspective on a lot of things. Yes, it is a novel, but it's based on the author's experiences with Calcutta's poorest. For some odd reason, it made me very aware of just how dependent we are in the West o
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
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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
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
(Kemungkinan besar bakalan jadi)MY 2015 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

Baru kali ini gw berharap dan berdoa dalam hati saat membaca sebuah buku. Terutama bab yg menceritakan tentang Hasari Pal, mantan petani dari desa Bengkuli, Benggala Barat, yg terpaksa hijrah ke Calcutta karena sudah tidak memiliki apa-apa di desa. Tiap memulai bab dengan tokoh Hasari ini, gw selalu berharap agar bab tersebut berakhir dengan kebahagiaan untuknya dan berdoa agar penderitaannya nggak makin bertambah. Ternyata, kebanyakan
3 reasons why you MUST read this book .

1. It will inspire you to be extremely hopeful of life.

2. It will make you so much more humble and grounded.

3. The book has instances that will make you shiver and yet provide invaluable lessons of life.

Vishal Talreja
A story with a heart and showcases the true essence of love, caring and sharing in poverty. A beautiful and simple read with many poignant, joyful and heart-rending moments.
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
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.
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
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
Jan 06, 2015 Hrishi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hrishi by: കോഴിക്കോട് ഡിസി ബുക്സിലെ ചേട്ടന്‍
ഇപപോള കൊലകകതതയില. :) ...more
Maricarmen Estrada M
This year I've read some great books, this is another one that I gave the full 5 stars.
This is a story of life in the most dreadful conditions and the power of hope and love rising above everything.
After poverty devoids a person of everything, the true self is the only one left. This story's characters are a group of people living in the lowest level of poverty in a slum in Calcutta during the 60s called "The city of joy". A catholic priest, a doctor, and many other characters of different bac
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,
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
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
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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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