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
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
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
But this isn't a review on the film, it's about the novel. Pablo Lins actually lived in the City of God in his youth, but managed to escape with his life and achieve better things. This non linear novel tells of th ...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
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
It can be described as interlocking anecdotes rather than a fluent story. A good book for someone who is looking for gor ...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
Sure, the story is the same, but its the way its told... The film is, well, a film about a kid with a camera living in a favela. The book is a documentary of favela life.
Lins is an academic bred in the favela of the title, and his writing reflects both origins. Hes ...more
The overriding feeling from City of God was of utter bleakness and despair. When I got to the end of the book, I felt like there was no hope or goodness in the world.
This book is hard to read. Graphic depictions of sexual violence, brutal bloody violence, and senseless wickedn ...more
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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