The City of Joy
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
From a social standpoint, I was rep ...more
To say this book changed my life is too much of an understatement. This book warms my heart as much as it breaks my heart.
My dad is Indian but he's not from mainland India, so he belongs to 'Tribal India'. We stay in a small city which was popularly known in the old days (and until now) as "Scotland of the East" due to the fact that the weather is pretty pleasant here as compared to ...more
Ho letto di persone che vendono il sangue per mangiare e vendono le proprie ossa (dopo la morte) per pagare la dote della figlia. Ho letto di persone che fanno la fila per ore per andare in bagno e lavarsi con mezzo litro di acqua...quando va bene. Ho letto di persone annegate in un tombino dopo un monsone. Ho letto di persone morte di fatica mentre trascinavano un risciò con cui a stento guadagnavano da mangiare p ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
Much of the scenery of 1960s Calcutta was familiar to me as a tourist earlier this year to an entirely different part of India: the religious cacophony, the slum labor, the baksheesh, the festivals, the filth. Wild traffic, marigolds, eunuchs, kurtas and saris. Truly Kafkaesque ...more
Sad story, very hard to read about the plight of these people. An interesting fact: Dominique LaPierre's wife is also named Domimique!
The City of Joy is a book that would plunge you into a vortex of bare reality filled with misery, abjection, hope and love. Finally, when you emerge from this whirlwind of experiences, your view on life would never be the same.
When I picked up this book to get a relief from the bunch of overwhelmingly high soaring books which I had been reading recently, little did I know that it was a cornucopia of humanity which would leave an everlastin...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Often, when we think of community work in a third world country, we have the perception of a foreigner coming in to serve the locals who are completely powerless. However, in this book, it was the locals that provided Kovalski and Max with the strength to serve. The locals were the main actors in identifying needs and in providing manpower to carry out work. The virtues of the locals were recognised and tapped on. For example, Bandona ha ...more
One of the most powerful ideas in this book that affected me was when the polish priest Fr Stephen was conscious about not being a ...more
The true story that Domique Lapierre writes as a collection of interviews shows clearly the miserable and unbearable conditions of the inhabitants who populate the "slums" of one of the poorest,most overcrowded and polluted city in the whole world, Calcutta.
However, the suffering stories, masterfully portrayed by the author, have extraordinary things ...more
The book consists of three main narratives; Stephan, a Catholic priest, Max, an American doctor and Pal, an Indian rickshaw driver. They are all living in one of the slums in Calcutta, India. Their stories become interwoven and the author describes in ...more
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civili ...more