City of God
The searing novel on which the internationally acclaimed hit film was based, City of God is a gritty, gorgeous tour de force from the Brazilian street. Cicade de Deus, the City of God, is one of Rio's most notorious slums. Yet it is also a place where samba rocks till dawn, where the women are the most beautiful on earth, and where one young man wants to escape his backgro...more
My mind has problems with so many characters and stories. But each character in this book was very important to the plot. This book is not for the squimish. In fact, neither is the movie, but if you've seen the mov...more
Cidade de Deus
Cidade de Deus (City of God), actually, the devil’s city, a favela (slum), part of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Paulo Lins, author, born and raised in the City of God who spent eight years in research, writing this novel, a tour de force, definitely not for the squeamish. I didn’t see the award winning movie, but the novel is enough, more than enough! You want immersion? You get immersion, but there’s no one to follow who isn’t forced into a life of crime, violence and sexual perversion...more
The novel was written in a way where there was not a particular "linear" story line. It was scattered and jumpy which added to Brazil's City of God's unpredictable and disheartening...more
Both the novel is better identified as a true crime story with an omniscient narrator who jumps around revealing the most brutal and intimate details of the lives of gangster's and regular people alike. It's a "thick" book which has moments of beautiful prose and moments where the violence is almost porn-like. Lins make...more
It can be described as interlocking anecdotes rather than a fluent story. A good book for someone who is looking for gory...more
Como o autor faz questão de indicar no inicio e no fim do livro, a história é ficção, mas é inspirada em factos reais, inspirado pelas enrevistas feitas para um documentário.
Apesar de começar por ser um romance, a medida que se aproxima do fim o livro começa a parecer-se mais com um documentário e a história começa a perder consistencia, passa a ser só um conjunto de episódios.
Apesar de estar dividido em 3 partes, cada uma...more
Very repetitive (eg shoot, do coke, beat someone up, smoke weed, drink cachaca, rape. Repeat for next page) little dialogue & character development , making it a dry, unemotive read. Zero plot. Not what I thought, was expecting personal accounts in first person.
A great look at life inside the bourroughs of Rio de jenaro, and from what I've read in the New Yorker, it hasn't changed much.
The author slips seemlessly between descriptions of horror to poetic proses about love and samba dances.
At any rate, the book has soooo many characters (almost like a Tolstoy novel!) and people are dying at an unhealthy rate, it's a little difficult to keep track of who wronged who and who's serving up revenge...more
The book takes you on a multi-generational tour of the favelas surrounding the City of God. Unfortunately, the tour rides the circular tracks of sex, violence, and drugs that keep the favelas citizens trapped in despair.
Morador da favela carioca Cidade de Deus, começou como poeta nos anos 1980 como integrante do grupo Cooperativa de Poetas, por onde publicou seu primeiro livro de poesia, "Sobre o Sol" (UFRJ, 1986)...more